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Olivia Chow speaks in Toronto on March 16, 2014. (MICHELLE SIU FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Olivia Chow speaks in Toronto on March 16, 2014.

(MICHELLE SIU FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Social activist Cressy seeks NDP nomination to replace Chow Add to ...

Social justice activist Joe Cressy says he will seek the NDP nomination to replace Olivia Chow as MP in the Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina.

Chow resigned her seat last week to run for mayor of Toronto.

Cressy was president of the party riding association in Trinity-Spadina, but quit when he decided to seek the nomination.

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He was Chow’s campaign chair in the 2011 federal election and is also a member of the NDP federal council.

If elected, Cressy says he will build on Chow’s legacy.

He says he will stress a progressive urban agenda and environmental and social justice at home and abroad.

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