ONTARIO LIBERALS TO PICK LEADER IN JANUARY

Oct 22, 2012

By Bob Komsic

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It’ll happen a month after Christmas.

-The Ontario Liberal party has set a date of January 25 to select a successor to Dalton McGuinty.

Candidates face a deadline of 5 p.m. on November 23 to submit their leadership forms.

McGuinty has said his successor will decide when to recall the legislature, which he prorogued when he announced his surprise resignation last Monday.

That’s infuriated the Tories and NDP, who are calling on McGuinty to reverse his decision to pull the plug on the legislative session.

They say Queen’s Park was prorogued so the government could avoid heat over its decision to cancel power plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

N-D-P house leader Gilles Bisson says waiting until early next year to bring the legislature back is simply not in the best interests of Ontarians.

Tory MPP Lisa MacLeod says there’s no reason a Liberal leadership race couldn’t be held with the legislature sitting.

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