An NDP MP from Ontario, who is also the party’s education critic, is expected to announce a leadership campaign in Toronto on Thursday afternoon.
Davenport MPP Marit Stiles has scheduled a media appearance in the Bloor Street and Lansdowne Avenue area of Toronto for noon Thursday afternoon.
The invite says Stiles will make an announcement. “She will be joined by supporters and special guests,” he said.
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Sources have confirmed to Global News that she is expected to announce a candidacy to succeed Andrea Horwath as leader of the Ontario NDP and official opposition.
Stiles was first elected to her Davenport seat in June 2018, having secured it from the Ontario Liberals. She was also previously elected as a trustee of the Toronto District School Board.
The position of Ontario NDP leader has been vacant since Andrea Horwath resigned following the June provincial election. During his farewell speech, Horwath, who led the party from 2009 to 2022, said he was “stronger and more ready to govern than ever”.
Former Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca resigned the same evening.
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Candidates for the leadership of the Ontario NDP, which is currently led by interim leader Peter Tabuns, have until December to enter the contest.
“The fundamentals of the contest include generating enthusiasm for the Ontario NDP, its ideas and principles; be positive, inclusive and accessible,” the party website reads.
The new party leader will be announced on March 2, 2023.
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