MY JOURNEY

Paperback | December 10, 2015

byOlivia Chow

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Olivia Chow-Member of Parliament, seasoned politician and widow of former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton-tells her story in this candid memoir

 What drives Olivia Chow? How did she emerge from a turbulent childhood to become an inspiring political force? What influences and events have shaped her life? And how is she continuing her quest after losing her partner in life and politics?

When Olivia was thirteen, her middle-class family moved from Hong Kong to Toronto, but the transition was difficult. Her mother went from having a maid to being a maid. Her father failed to carve out a working life for himself in Canada. Frustrated and bitter, he lashed out at Olivia's mother, and violence darkened their lives. A rebellious yet playful child, Olivia discovered self-discipline and became an excellent student in Canada, studying fine art and philosophy at university. After graduating, Olivia worked for a time as a sculptor. Then, driven by a desire to achieve social change, the artist became an activist, and she launched her political career.

As a popular and much-admired school trustee and Toronto city councillor-the first Asian woman in that role-Olivia honed a grassroots approach and crafted progressive programs that enhanced the lives of others, especially children. Strong-willed, focused and passionate, Olivia got things done by bringing together people from all parts of the political spectrum.

In the mid-1980s, Olivia met Jack Layton. Their dynamic partnership, unprecedented in Canadian political life, made a powerful impact in Toronto and on the national stage. Together, they forged a strong vision for a better country and for enlightened political change. But when her beloved partner and political soulmate died in the summer of 2011, how did she find the strength to move forward? What might we learn from her inspiring story? Those answers are here, in My Journey.

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Olivia Chow-Member of Parliament, seasoned politician and widow of former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton-tells her story in this candid memoir What drives Olivia Chow? How did she emerge from a turbulent childhood to become an inspiring political force? What influences and events have shaped her life? And how is she continuing...

OLIVIA CHOW is a former school trustee (1985–1991) and city councillor (1991–2005) in Toronto. She was first elected to Parliament in 2006, winning the Trinity-Spadina riding for the NDP. Olivia Chow speaks Cantonese and English. NOW Magazine readers voted her Best City Councillor seven times and Best MP in 2010, and readers of the Tor...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 10, 2015Language:English

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“A gutsy book.” —Toronto Star“My Journey tells the amazing story of the struggles and victories of one of Canada’s most exciting political figures. Olivia Chow is a walking, breathing reason to have hope at a time when it is desperately needed.” —Sarah Polley“An insightful portrait of a remarkable woman. Readers will be inspired by Olivia’s deeply personal memoir. It touches on a childhood marked by darkness and light, and delves into a journey from Hong Kong to Canada that takes her from artist to activist to political awakening and the arms of Jack Layton.” —Victor Malarek“My Journey reveals a woman deeply committed to addressing injustice in our society. To all the challenges she has faced, Olivia has brought her sensitivity, intelligence, boundless energy and courage. She never gives up! I thought I knew Olivia Chow, having worked with her, but this book is a revelation, and her story is an inspiration.” —Margaret McCain“Joining Olivia Chow on her journey is certainly a trip worth taking. From immigrant to Member of Parliament, from self-discovery to community activism, from family conflict to deep love, the episodes of her life will keep you turning the pages.” —David Crombie