Murray expected to back Wynne for Ont. Liberal leader

Glen Murray, MPP for Toronto Centre, stepped down as minister of training, colleges and...

Glen Murray, MPP for Toronto Centre, stepped down as minister of training, colleges and universities to run for the Ontario Liberal leadership. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun files)

Jonathan Jenkins, Queen's Park Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:10 PM ET

TORONTO -- Glen Murray is dropping out of the Liberal leadership campaign and backing rival Kathleen Wynne.

“What Glen and I have talked about is that it’s very important that he be part of my team and that he play a senior role in my cabinet,” Wynne said Thursday. “I need his ideas.”

Murray said he had come to the conclusion that Wynne -- whose campaign has signed up the most new party members and has the most delegate candidates running -- was the best choice to be the next premier of Ontario and Liberal party leader.

“All seven of us will tell you that this is a big mountain that we’re climbing and I’m quite happy to help someone get a leg up rather than just climb it by myself.”

The Toronto-Centre MPP, former cabinet minister and one-time mayor of Winnipeg threw a ton of ideas and policy proposals into the race but has struggled to attract support.


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