TORONTO — Former Windsor-West MPP Sandra Pupatello emerged as the front-runner in the race to replace Dalton McGuinty as Ontario premier and Liberal leader after a weekend of delegate selection votes across the province.
Pupatello, who quit politics in 2011, captured 504 committed first-ballot delegates (27.44%) to the leadership convention in Toronto Jan. 25-27, according to official results released at two a.m. Monday.
TORONTO — There are no big lineups as Liberal delegates start voting today for their new leader and Ontario’s next premier at their convention in Toronto.
About 100 Liberals waiting for the opening of voting at 9 a.m. quickly moved through the registration area at the former Maple Leaf Gardens, site of Dalton McGuinty’s leadership victory in 1996.
The delegates actually cast their first ballot votes as they register for the convention, which doesn’t officially open until this evening when the Liberals will pay tribute to McGuinty.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda intends to resign after passage of a crucial bill to fund this year's budget, possibly later this month, and will run in a ruling party leadership race to replace Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the Sankei newspaper reported on Tuesday.