The six candidates vying to become the new leader of Ontario’s Liberal party have more or less decided that the final debate of their leadership race wasn’t much of a debate at all, but was rather more of a discussion about unity before the next election in 2022, regardless who is chosen leader.

Steven Del Duca, a former cabinet minister has emerged as the likely leader given that he currently has the support of about 43 per cent of the delegates selected for the March 7 convention.

He says he is also close to securing the support of 200 of the approximately 640 so-called ex-officio delegates — largely party heavyweights — which could put him over 50 per cent and translates into a first ballot victory.

The party suffered the worst defeat in its history during the June 2018 election, being toppled from power and ultimately not winning enough seats to maintain official party status.

With a new leader in place soon, it remains to see if the Ontario Liberals can once again gain the confidence of Ontarians. -CINEWS


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