This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The official results published at 2 a.m. on Monday showed that delegate selection voting across the province chose Sandra Pupatello, former Windsor-West MPP, as their most favorite candidate to replace Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal party leadership chair. Pupatello, who gave up politics in 2011, was able to gain support of 27.44%, i.e. 504 first-ballot delegates, in the leadership convention in Toronto on 25-27th January.
The number two contender of the elite position was Kathleen Wynne, who is a former education minister representing Toronto Don Valley-West, by gaining 463 votes, i.e. 25.2 percent, after a weekend of voting from 1,837 delegates eligible to cast ballots for the new Liberal leader. Following Wynnne in the third position was Gerard Kennedy, Former MP who lost leadership race to McGuinty in 1996 and then again in 2006, with 257 committed delegates, i.e. 14% percent. Former government services minister, Harinder Takhar, settled at fourth position with 244 delegates and 13.28%, following whom was Charles Sousa, former labour minister, in fifth position 198 delegates, i.e. 10.78% percent, while Eric Hoskins, former children’s services minister, finish last place with 104 and 5.66%.
Overall 44,000 members of liberal party are considered eligible to vote and elect 16 delegates from each of the 107 ridings. Delegates have also been elected from Liberal campus group’s and women’s clubs. This voting was conducted on Saturday and Sunday in different regions of the province, showing Pupatello as the lead candidate while Wynne remains remained close at second palce.