MPP for Don Valley East Michael Coteau is not expected to have much of a contest for the Ontario Liberal Party leadership.
Coteau announced he would be throwing his hat into the ring in an announcement on Twitter, accompanied by a video detailing why he wants to run for the leadership.
The former child and youth services minister indicated earlier this year he would run for the leadership and has spend the last few months organizing.
“I’m running because I believe Ontario is not prepared for the big changes that are here, that are actually taking place in our economy,” Coteau previously said. “I’m running because of the economic divide that’s taking place and the erosion of the middle class and I’m running to ensure there’s a party that’s ready to take on the challenges that Ontario is going to face…over the next few decades.”
Former cabinet minister Steven Del Duca has already announced his run for the leadership, along with Alvin TedJo, who ran unsuccessfully in Oakville-North Burlington.
The Ontario Liberals will pick their new leader, replacing interim leader John Fraser during a delegated convention on March 7, 2020. Meanwhile re-building the Liberal party in time for the next elections may be a tall order for anyone who assumes leadership of the Ontario Liberals, but there is always a beginning. The only question is whether or not those hoping to become its leader has what it takes to re-build the party and have an appeal beyond the GTA. -CINEWS