Glen Murray, the former Minister of Training Colleges and Universities and currently one of six Liberal party candidates, has already declared his decision. Murray has stated that if he wins the Liberal leadership convention in January, he will reconvene the House on February 19.
When Dalton McGuinty stepped down as the premier of Ontario in mid-October, he left the decision of when to recall legislature to the future leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.
“Every one of us who gets elected—no matter what party—comes to Queen’s Park to make a difference. MPPs’ voices should be heard in the legislature as soon as our new premier is chosen,” Murray commented. “Ontarians want renewal. Action, not political games.”
Murray is the first candidate to announce his intention of running for leader of the Liberal party, and he began directing his campaign on November 4. This week, he heads for northern Ontario, where he believes a strong representation is needed. He will be stopping in Thunder Bay, Marathon, Timmins, Sudbury, and North Bay.
His platform features five main points for renewal. Among these points, he has promised tax cuts for the middle class and “no money down” tuition for postsecondary education, allowing students to borrow up to $4,000 for college and $7,000 for university undergraduate programs in each year of study with no payments necessary until they have a stable job after graduating.
Glen Murray faces competition from the other Liberal party candidates: Sandra Pupatello, Gerard Kennedy, Kathleen Wynne, Eric Hoskins, and Charles Sousa. Each brings with them a platform for Ontario citizens; Peter Tabuns, the NDP MPP for Toronto-Danforth, believes they each also bring the “Liberal government’s scandals”.