Ford says he's learning French, offers a 'bonjour, comment ca va' as evidence
TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he is working on learning French and thinks it will be "pretty easy" to pick up. He told Radio-Canada during the Progressive Conservative leadership race last year that he would be willing to learn it. Ford said at the time that he wanted to be able to communicate with people in Quebec. There are more than 600,000 francophones in Ontario. When asked today if he was still committed to learning French, FordHe told Radio-Canada during the Progressive Conservative leadership race last year that he would be willing to learn it.
The 2020 Ontario Liberal Party leadership election will be held on March 7, 2020 following the resignation of Kathleen Wynne as leader on June 7, 2018
The Ontario Liberal Party leadership election 2013, held on January 26, 2013, at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, elected Kathleen Wynne as the new leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
The race to lead the Ontario Liberal party back from the political wilderness begins in earnest on Monday as the deadline arrives for leadership candidates to declare they're running.
So far five candidates have joined the contest to succeed Kathleen Wynne as leader, with the eventual aim of trying to unseat Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives in the June 2022 provincial election.
The Liberal party brieflyhow to pick their leader, but calls for a membership-wide vote. Instead, the party will stick with selecting delegates to vote in a one-day leadership convention on March 7.
Alexandre Cusson is joining the Liberal leadership race; will face Anglade
SHERBROOKE — Quebec’s Liberals will be getting the leadership race so many said was necessary to reboot the party. Confirming weeks of rumours, Drummondville Mayor Alexandre Cusson Saturday announced he will be in the campaign and is ready to do battle with the lone other candidate, former cabinet minister Dominique Anglade. “I think I have a surprise for you,” Cusson said with a chuckle, arriving at a Liberal general council meeting surrounded by a swarm of supporters. “I confirm with lots of enthusiasm that I will be candidate in the leadership race starting today.
Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention. About the candidates. Incoming premier faces demands from opposition. The battle for Ontario begins in earnest Saturday but on Friday night, members of the Liberal Party came together to remember a premier that started out as an underdog 16 years ago.
But think again — the leadership race is heating up, especially in light of polls showing the Liberals She began talking with potential campaign team members last fall. On Monday night, she spoke at a The only time the Ontario Liberals have chosen a leader who was not a sitting MPP was in 1951
The five leadership candidates already in the running have been criss-crossing the province and working the phones to drum up support along party members. Only those who have become members by next Monday, Dec. 2 will be eligible to vote for delegates to the convention.
The winner will face significant challenges to get the party competitive in time for the 2022 campaign. After governing Ontario for nearly 15 years, the Liberals were decimated in the 2018 election. They salvaged just seven seats, losing the status and caucus funding of a recognized party in the Legislature. Of those seven MPPs, two resigned this year, both from the Ottawa area.
Recent figures from Elections Ontario show donations to the party in 2019 total less than $700,000, a far cry from the $4.3 million in fundraising reported by the Progressive Conservatives.
Next Ontario Liberal leader faces difficult task of rebuilding party: experts
Next Ontario Liberal leader faces difficult task of rebuilding party: expertsThe entry deadline for the Ontario Liberal leadership race — set for Monday at 5 p.m. — will move the campaign into a key phase ahead of a March 7 convention to select the new party leader.
Renewal begins with Liberal activists like you. To be eligible to participate in the election of our next leader and the next Premier of Ontario , become a member before 6:00PM These volunteers cannot take a side in the race . If you would like to become a neutral leadership volunteer, sign and submit a
This is a list of results of leadership elections for the Ontario Liberal Party, a political party in Ontario , Canada. Note: Before 1919, the leaders of the Ontario Liberal Party were chosen by the its elected Members of the Legislative Assembly. There were calls for a more open process as early as 1907.
These are the five Liberals vying for the party leadership.
Steven Del Duca
Steven Del Duca is the former MPP for Vaughan who served as Wynne's minister of transportation and minister of economic development. Before winning his seat in a 2012 byelection, Del Duca worked for Greg Sorbara, his predecessor in the riding, and as an advisor to former premier Dalton McGuinty. He was previously the director of public affairs for the Carpenters' District Council of Ontario. Del Duca was defeated in last year's election along with all other Liberal incumbents in the 905, and became the first candidate to join the leadership race.
Michael Coteau is the MPP for Don Valley East and was first elected in 2011. He served in Wynne's cabinet for her entire time as premier with posts that included citizenship and immigration, tourism, culture and sport, as well as children and youth services. Before entering provincial politics, Coteau spent eight years as Toronto District School Board trustee. He worked as a community organizer for the United Way, an English as a second language instructor and a literacy activist before getting into politics.
Analysis: Quebec Liberals lunge into leadership race hoping for political redemption
SHERBROOKE — The two could not be more different, yet both believe they have the right stuff to lead the Quebec Liberals out of the political hinterland. Dominique Anglade is a 45-year-old former economic development minister in the Couillard government; the daughter of Haitian immigrants, born in Montreal, educated in French. Quick-witted and wise in the ways of politics, Anglade enters the party’s leadership race oozing confidence. Alexandre Cusson is a 51-year-old former teacher and school board administrator with roots in the regions of Quebec thanks to his past role as president of the Union des municipalités. His current job is mayor of Drummondville.
The Liberal party has big decisions following a difficult year that saw it lose power. Insiders say a new leader could be picked prior to the October federal election 21 federal election campaign begins in earnest , or waiting until 2020, insiders say. The party executive is leaning toward the latter option to
+ TORONTO – Work to rebuild Ontario ’s Liberals gets underway in earnest this year after their decimation at the ballot box last spring, but the party may wait until after the fall federal election to chose a permanent new leader . Story continues below.
Mitzie Hunter is the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood and first won her seat in a byelection in 2013. She joined cabinet after Wynne led the Liberals to a majority in 2014, serving as the associate minister of finance, education minister and finally minister of advanced education. Hunter, who has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, worked as the CEO of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance, chief administrative officer of the Toronto Community Housing Corp., and as a vice-president with Goodwill Industries.
Alvin Tedjo was a 2018 election candidate for the Liberals in the riding of Oakville North - Burlington. Tedjo is director of government relations at Sheridan College. He previously worked as a policy advisor at Queen's Park, served as the vice-president of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and founded an organization called Canadians For Paternity Leave. He announced his leadership bid in May and gained media attention this fall by proposing a policy to dissolve Ontario's Catholic school system and merge it with the public school boards.
As Quebec Liberal leadership race begins, is it urban vs. rural or left vs. right?
The idea of a race divided by an urban and a rural candidate may be disguising a more complicated question the Liberals need to resolve before they shift their attention to the next election: Is it a party of the left or the right?One after another, big-name Liberals passed on the chance to take over from Philippe Couillard, who left the party with its smallest caucus since Confederation.
One senior Liberal has likened it to “shock and awe.” The insider, speaking confidentially in order to discuss internal party discussions, was referring to the juggernaut that is Ontario Liberal leadership front-runner Steven Del Duca’s campaign. “They are tying up everyone and his uncle,” said the
+ Members of the Alberta Liberal Party will choose a new leader this spring. The party has been without a leader since 2015 when Dr. Raj Sherman resigned. Dr. David Swann has served as the party’s interim leader since then. He is also the party’s only MLA. Story continues below. Related.
Kate Graham was a 2018 election candidate for the Liberals in the riding of London North Centre. Graham is an academic, holding teaching and research posts at Western University, King's University College and Huron University College. Her areas of research include local government, urban politics and public policy. She previously worked as the City of London's director of community and economic innovation. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Graham is the only one of the five declared candidates who's not from the Greater Toronto Area.
Ontario Liberals struggle to attract members: 'The party that we knew no longer exists' .
By Clara Pasieka Days before a key deadline that will help find a “saviour” for the Ontario Liberals, the party is a husk of its former self. The party is believed to have only 10,000 members now, down from the 44,000 on the rolls when Kathleen Wynne and Sandra Pupatello faced off for the leadership six years ago. In March, delegates at a Liberal convention will select a new leader and those delegates will be chosen by members of the party. “However bad you think it is, it’s worse,” said leadership hopeful Alvin Tedjo. “There are ridings in this province where we have one member. There’s another riding where we have two members.