The race for Ontario’s top job has officially begun, with Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray becoming the first to announce his candidacy for the leader of the Liberal Party and the premiership of the province.
Mr. Murray, a former mayor of Winnipeg, officially threw his hat into the ring Sunday morning to a cheering crowd in downtown Toronto.
“I’ve been a big city mayor,” he said at the Mattamy Athletics Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens. “I have successfully led a large government through similar challenges to the ones we face now. And I did that with people of all political stripes…. It is time to press the reset button.”
The announcement comes a day after Mr. Murray, 55, stepped down from his role as the province’s minister of training, colleges and universities.
Kathleen Wynne, out politician, Toronto MPP, and former minister in the Ontario provincial government under the recently departed Liberals and Dalton McGuinty, is also running for the party leadership (and, hence, potentially the premiereship).
Former Ontario cabinet minister Kathleen Wynne has officially jumped into the provincial Liberal leadership race.
Wynne, who resigned from cabinet Friday, formally announced her bid to lead the Ontario Liberals Monday.
“This is a critical moment not just for our party, but for Ontario,” said Wynne. “We must choose a leader who can help navigate through these difficult times — who can stay the course on our economic plan; who can bring opposing sides to the table and find real, creative solutions to the challenges we face.”
As one might reasonably expect, there's a fair bit of ideological and other overlap between these two candidates. (Happily, the fact that they're out hasn't been raised by any reputable media of my acquaintance as cause for concern.) Should one be preferred over the other, I wonder?