This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The first round of ballet voting for the race of Ontario’s Liberal leadership to replace outgoing Premiere Dalton McGuinty has shown Sandra Pupatello to have had a slim lead. Pupatello, former MPP, gathered 599 out of the total 2084 valid ballets, she was barely missed by Kathleen Wynne who took 597 votes. The third contender, Gerard Kennedy, had a wider gap with 281 votes, followed by Harinder Takhar at 235, as Charles Sousa settled at 222, landing Eric Hoskins in the last place with only 150 votes.
Now the candidates have a small window of mere 20 minutes to disclose if they want to withdraw from the competition at this stage, which will allow them to be able to support another candidate. The rough competition between the convention’s two front-runners has come quite expectedly. While waiting for the Saturday’s convention, analysts predict that Ontario might be seeing its first female premier, as both Pupatello and Wynne lead the race with a considerable gap, by the end of the day.
During her speech at the convention, Pupatello, alleged that “we know the province is better today than it was when we inherited it.”She stated that “I reject the dogma of our political opponents on the right and on the left. We have better schools, cleaner air and more accessible health care.” Pupatello claimed that “we have a better environment for business to invest and create job,” while sharing that she intends to form a special team exclusively tasked to monitor government accountability. She explained that “we shouldn’t have to wait for the Auditor General to find these things. We should be doing it ourselves.”