What a start. Half of Kathleen Wynne's own backbenchers plus most of the NDP, including its female leader, skipped the swearing-in of Ontario's first female and Canada's only openly gay premier. That's some rebuff from the progressive sector she comes from and should appeal to. This will be challenging.
There is nothing like a leadership contest to fire up a political party. Choosing a new leader can redefine a party, help it change the public mood, and romp to power. That is what happened when the Liberals elected Pierre Trudeau leader in 1968, and the federal party has been trying ever since to do it again.
Currently, three Liberal parties (each with its own identity and history) are running simultaneous leadership contests: in Quebec, Ontario, and federally. As a result, the Liberals suffer from political organizing overload -- campaigns in Ontario and Quebec have practical problems getting campaign workers, and finding financial backing with a federal leadership contest occurring at the same time.
Liberal MPP to be charged with hit-and-run
Mr. Kular, driving in a silver Chrysler 300, allegedly struck a 39-year-old pedestrian who had the right of way while crossing the street. "Witnesses observed Mr. Kular exiting his vehicle, speaking with the pedestrian, getting back into his vehicle and driving away," Const. Valade said.