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Olivia Chow doesn’t think Rob Ford is a good role model

TORONTO – Toronto NDP MP Olivia Chow has yet to declare her candidacy to run for mayor of Toronto but one thing she is clear about is her feelings toward incumbent Rob Ford.

“I firmly believe that Rob Ford is not a good role model for kids,” said Chow during an interview on Global News’ The Morning Show on Thursday. “That’s why I’m seriously considering.”

Chow’s comments about the mayor come just two days after a video appeared on YouTube showing him rambling profanely in Jamaican patois inside a Toronto restaurant.

Ford refused to apologize on Wednesday and was defiant, saying he is entitled to a personal life, and what he does on his own time doesn’t affect his work as mayor.

Chow appeared on Global Television to promote her new memoir, My Journey, which explores her childhood, growing up in Canada and her relationship with Jack Layton.

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“It’s about immigration, dealing with adversity, public service, and how we can make a difference,” she said.

But the seasoned politician remained tight-lipped when asked repeatedly when she will officially jump in the mayor’s race.

“I don’t know yet. There’s no secret I’m considering running for mayor,” she said.

Ford already declared his candidacy for re-election early this month as well as former city councillor David Soknacki.

Voters head to the polls on Oct. 27.

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