Voters in Toronto have elected Olivia Chow as mayor of Canada’s largest municipality. In a race that saw a staggering 102 candidates, Global News projected Chow as the winner in Monday night’s byelection, garnering more than 268,600 votes as of 10:30 p.m.
Chow is a former NDP MP and was a city councillor for Toronto starting in the ’90s for more than a decade, with a long history in Canadian politics as a progressive left politician.
The 66-year-old beat out other top candidates like former Toronto police chief Mark Saunders, former city councillor Ana Bailao, current city councillors Josh Matlow and Brad Bradford, former Liberal provincial education minister Mitzie Hunter and right-wing columnist Anthony Furey.
In her victory speech Monday evening, Chow thanked her volunteers, and those who cast a ballot for her. “Thank you to the people of Toronto for the trust you’ve placed in me and the mandate for change as your new mayor,” she said. “And whether you voted for me or not, we’re united in our love for this great city,” she continued.