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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Steven Del Duca, the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, has resigned

The Ontario Liberal Party's leader, Steven Del Duca, resigns.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Ontario Liberals had a bad night, narrowly avoiding “minivan” status as their leader Steven Del Duca resigned after losing in his hometown.
  • Due to their lack of legal party membership, they only secured 7 seats and were denied access to and privileges at Queen’s Park.
  • He was elected the party’s leader in a 2020 election that was quickly overshadowed by the arrival of COVID-19 in Canada.

On Thursday, the Ontario Liberals had a dreadful night, barely escaping “minivan” status after their leader Steven Del Duca lost in his hometown and resigned.

Del Duca’s Liberals are expected to finish third in the 43rd provincial legislature, with Doug Ford earning a second majority stint as premier by a large margin, according to CTV News.

According to CTV News, Andrea Horwath’s NDP will remain the province’s official opposition.

Del Duca told supporters in Vaughan that it was time for him to retire.

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“I do not doubt that the ladies and men we’ve chosen will do everything they can to help create a new progressive movement in this province,” he said. “It will, however, be a movement led by a new leader – I told our party president of my desire to step aside earlier this evening.”

He said he asked Brian Johns, the party’s president, to hold a leadership election “as soon as is reasonable.”

The Liberals’ performance is a minor improvement over four years earlier. They won only 7 seats and were denied access to and privileges at Queen’s Park due to their lack of formal party registration.

In eight seats, they were elected or are in the lead.

In Vaughan-Woodbridge, Del Duca was defeated by incumbent PC candidate Michael Tibollo, who defeated Del Duca in the same riding in 2018.

The Ontario Liberal Party's leader, Steven Del Duca, resigns.
The Ontario Liberal Party’s leader, Steven Del Duca, resigns. Image from CBC News

Tibollo won by 3,858 votes over Del Duca.

According to the most recent polls, the Grits performed below the national average.

Del Duca was initially elected to provincial office in 2012, and between 2014 and 2018, he served as the Wynne government’s transportation as well as economic development minister.

In a 2020 election swiftly overshadowed by the advent of COVID-19 in Canada, he elected the party’s leader.

Source: CTV news

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