Mar 06, 2023
By Jane Brown
On the final day of the Ontario Liberals’ Annual General meeting, party members named a new party president after voting on Saturday to use a one-member-one-vote system in choosing their next leader.
Longtime Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter offered a recap of the weekend’s events.
“Kathryn McGarry, former mayor of Cambridge, has just been announced as the president of the party,” Hunter explained to CP24 on Sunday, “I want give her congratulations. And we have a brand new executive that has now been given their direction from the members of the party to set up the leadership contest using one-member-one-vote. It’s going to modernize our party. It’s at a very exciting moment and it will revitalize our grassroots.”
One of the new team’s first orders of business will be to set the rules and timelines for a leadership race, expected to be held by the end of this year.
And who’s going to run for the Ontario Liberal’s next leader?
There are several individuals said to be seriously exploring runs to head up the 8 member caucus at Queen’s Park.
These include rookie MPPs Dr. Adil Shamji, Stephanie Bowman and Ted Hsu, along with federal Liberal MPs Yasir Naqvi and Nate Erskine-Smith.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and former federal cabinet minister Navdeep Bains have been touted as possible candidates. Neither has said definitely whether they will or won’t run for next leader.
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