If you thought that election season was over, think again! There’s at least one more pending election here in Ontario, and it’s the one for Liberal Party leadership. Six candidates are running to see which one of them will lead the party against Doug Ford in the next Provincial Election, and they’re debating in the Royal City this weekend.
The first Ontario Liberal Leadership Debate is taking place this Sunday, December 9, at 1 pm at the Evergreen Seniors Centre at 683 Woolwich Street. You do have to be a member of the Liberal Party of Ontario to attend, but if you are a member, you can go to the Liberal’s website here to grab your free ticket. If you would like, you can also become a member of the Liberal Party, and then register to attend.
The six people running for the Liberal leadership are:
- Michael Coteau – MPP for Don Valley East in Toronto since 2011.
- Steven Del Duca – Former MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, 2012-2018, Former Transportation Minister.
- Kate Graham – Candidate for London North Centre in 2018, Professor at Western University.
- Brenda Hollingsworth – Personal injury attorney from Ottawa.
- Mitzie Hunter – MPP for Scarborough—Guildwood since 2013.
- Alvin Tedjo – Former Director of Government Relations at Sheridan College and Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Guelph’s debate is the first of six that will take the Liberal leadership candidates from Windsor, to Sudbury, to Ottawa, to Markham, and then back to Toronto. So far, the six candidates have only had one occasion to formally meet, which was at the candidates’ showcase last month in Toronto. You can watch the live-stream of that here.
Presently, there are seven Liberal Members of Provincial Parliament including former leader and former Premier Kathleen Wynne in the Ontario Legislature; they do not even have official party status. Ottawa-South MPP John Fraser has been serving as the interim Liberal leader since summer 2018.
The leadership convention will take place at the International Centre in Mississauga on March 6-7, 2020.