Laurel Broten answers questions from the press.
Credits: Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI AGENCY
OLIPHANT, ON — Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten said Friday she is too focused on her current job to consider a run for the Liberal leadership.
The veteran cabinet minister had little to say about any chaos at Queen’s Park in the wake of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s resignation.
“We do have a leader. The premier is the leader,” Broten said. “He’s very focused on continuing to ensure that we build our public education system, as am I.”
McGuinty, who is staying on until a new party leader is found, has told his cabinet that ministers seeking the leadership must resign their posts.
Broten has been the so-called education premier’s education minister for about a year and is also the minister responsible for women’s issues.
She has been minister of children and youth services, and mister of the environment.
But Broten, the MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, said Friday she has no current plans to turn that experience toward a leadership bid.
“Obviously, I’m here today and we’re talking about the steps that we need to take in education and that’s where my focus remains,” she said. “I am very very focused on the jobs and the responsibilities that I have.”