TORONTO — Children and Youth Services Minister Eric Hoskins has cleared a major hurdle in a run for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party.
Dr. Hoskins has resigned from Dalton McGuinty's cabinet — a required step in a leadership bid.
The MPP for the Toronto riding of St. Paul's will officially announce his intentions early next week.
"Together, I am confident that we can move our party forward with strong, compassionate leadership rooted in principled politics," Hoskins said in a statement.
MPPs Kathleen Wynne and Glen Murray and former MPP Sandra Pupatello have already entered the
race, and MPP Charles Sousa is expected to launch his official leadership campaign Saturday.
As it stands now, the race to replace McGuinty as party leader and premier would consist of four Toronto-area candidates and one Windsor candidate — Pupatello.
Hoskin, a family doctor, was first elected to provincial office in 2009.
He has been officially recognized for his humanitarian work. He and his wife, Dr. Samantha Nutt, founded the international charity War Child Canada.
Ontario Liberals will pick their new leader at a January convention in Toronto.