It was third time lucky for Hong Kong-born candidate Olivia Chow. Ms Chow, 47, won a federal seat in Toronto and will join her husband, New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, in Ottawa. The Toronto municipal councillor resigned from her post in November for a successful third attempt to win the seat of Trinity-Spadina. She defeated the incumbent Liberal Party member after 14 years in local government. A committed environmentalist, Ms Chow became a familiar Toronto figure, commuting to City Hall on a bicycle decorated with flowers and bright colours. Although her party attracts fewer than one in five Canadian votes, the New Democrats have become disproportionately powerful. Other Hong Kong-born candidates included Raymond Chan, Minister of State (Multiculturalism) in the former Liberal government, who was re-elected in the Vancouver constituency of Richmond. But British Columbian candidate Mary Woo Sims, of the New Democrats, who moved to Vancouver in 1970, lost to the sitting Conservative member in Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam.