Ont. Health Minister Deb Matthews won't seek Liberal leadership

Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Jonathan Sher, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:32 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. — Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews will announce Wednesday she won't seek the leadership of the Liberal Party, QMI Agency has learned.

Matthews will announce at a health conference in Toronto that she will stay on as health minister and seek another term representing her riding of London North Centre rather than seek to replace outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Matthews is the latest high-profile cabinet minister to decide against a leadership run, but unlike Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, Energy Minister Chris Bentley and Education Minister Laurel Broten, Matthews wants to stay in government.

Her announcement leaves just two candidates so far, Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray, a relative newcomer to Ontario, and Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne.

Former Liberal cabinet ministers Sandra Pupatello, Gerard Kennedy and John Wilkinson are among those considering entering the race.


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