Minister of Economic Development and Innovation Brad Duguid
Credits: J.T. MCVEIGH/QMI AGENCY
Another cabinet minister says he's NOT running for the Liberal party leadership.
Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid sensibly bowed out before cabinet Wednesday, saying his teenage sons are more important than the top job.
So what happens if you hold a leadership convention - and no one runs?
Reporters quizzed cabinet ministers about their intentions.
Sandra Pupatello, who quit cabinet last year, is pondering a run from outside Queen's Park.
Of those still at the cabinet table, here are some likely contenders:
Kathleen Wynne told reporters she's, "seriously considering" a run.
"There are lots of conversations happening. When I've made my decision, you'll all be the first to know," she said.
Wynne is tough and smart and has been a steady hand at the cabinet table in several portfolios.
Openly gay, she's on the left of the party, but is refreshingly honest in her views and could well be a tough contender to beat.
If Colleges and Universities Minister Glen Murray wore a pomposity meter, the needle would be in the danger zone, he's so full of himself.
Reporters worried that, like some overheated boiler, he might explode, splashing overwrought ego over the hallowed walls of the Legislature.
Asked if the Liberals need a leader from Toronto, Murray, who's also gay, had this to say:
"In a complex, multicultural, multiracial society the way that we have, and being someone who comes from a minority that was not easily elected, the gender or geography are not big considerations.
"I think it's the content of our character, our imagination, our capabilities," he said.
Okay, I'll take that as a no.
He did say his decision was, "pretty imminent."
Dr. Eric Hoskins is quite the opposite. The MPP for St. Paul's and Minister for Children and Youth Services is a soft-spoken, thoughtful type even though his background outside politics gives him something to brag about.
He's the founder of War Child, a charity that helps kids in war zones.
His wife also has a high-powered career and they have a seven-year-old son.
"It's a difficult decision to make. I have a very accomplished spouse, so I'm having discussions with her," Hoskins told reporters.
A politician from a slightly different mould, he'd appeal to youthful idealists in the party.
Health Minister Deb Matthews was also quizzed about her leadership ambitions. She, too, made all the usual noises about how it's a "big decision," and she's "talking to lots of people."
The London North Centre MPP is well-connected and would have no trouble raising cash for a run.
"I've had lots of encouragement and I know if I did decide to run, I'd have a lot of support," she said.
Hmm. I suspect the Lyn McLeod factor will hurt her. Remember how, in 1995, McLeod was supposed to sweep the Liberals to government? Then she fizzled. She turned off voters.
Publicly, Libs said it wasn't so much that she was a woman, it was "the type" of woman McLeod was that hurt them. All the same, they were leery of electing another woman as party leader in 1996.
Matthews is similar "in type" to McLeod in many ways, and I fear that could hurt her chances.
In a bizarre coincidence, PC leader Tim Hudak was giving his parents, Pat and Anne Marie, and his sister, Trisha, a tour of the Legislative building.
Reporters bumped into him as he paused to show them portraits of former Tory premiers Frank Miller, Mike Harris and Ernie Eves - right outside McGuinty's office.
You couldn't resist wondering if he had a tape measure up his sleeve.
It's never too early to measure for drapes.