OTTAWA, Ont. – Toronto NDP MP Olivia Chow is taking “a wait-and-see approach,” as speculation continues to grow over whether she will run for mayor to succeed Rob Ford if he is kicked out of office.

Chow, the widow of former federal NDP leader Jack Layton, said she will not confirm anything at this time.

“I’m waiting to see what the court and city council decide, and I’ll consider what role I’ll play,” she explained.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, and Toronto needs to focus on making a city work for everybody.”

At the same time, she adds that she hopes the Ford issue is dealt with quickly because there are many issues to be taken care of in Toronto and the city is in need of strong leadership.

“I think it’s premature for me to judge what decisions are going to be made,” she said.

Her comments come as polls show Chow would be a shoe-in for the position should she decide to launch a campaign, no matter who ran against her.

Chow has experience with municipal politics, having served as a Toronto city councillor between 1991 and 2005. Her stepson, Michael Layton, is the councillor for Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina.