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November 9, 2012 permalink
Eric Hoskins, Ontario's minister of Children and Youth Services, has resigned so he can run for leadership of the Liberal Party of Ontario. No replacement minister has been named. His competition for the leadership includes Sandra Pupatello, former minister of Community and Social Services.
Liberal MPP Eric Hoskins quits cabinet to launch leadership bid
TORONTO - Children and Youth Services Minister Eric Hoskins has cleared a major hurdle in a run for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party.
Dr. Hoskins has resigned from Dalton McGuinty's cabinet — a required step in a leadership bid.
The MPP for the Toronto riding of St. Paul's will officially announce his intentions early next week.
"Together, I am confident that we can move our party forward with strong, compassionate leadership rooted in principled politics," Hoskins says in a statement.
Kathleen Wynne, Glen Murray and Sandra Pupatello have already entered the race, and Charles Sousa is expected to launch his official leadership campaign Saturday.
As it stands now, the race to replace McGuinty as party leader and premier would consist of four Toronto-area candidates and one Windsor candidate.
Hoskin, a family doctor, was first elected to provincial office in 2009.
He has been officially recognized for his humanitarian work and with his wife, Dr. Samantha Nutt, founded the international charity War Child Canada.
Ontario Liberals will pick their new leader at a January convention in Toronto.
Source: Brockville Recorder