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article imageMinister Kathleen Wynne steps down from Queen's Park cabinet post

By Andrew Moran     Nov 2, 2012 in Politics
Toronto - Ontario Aboriginal and Municipal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne announced her resignation from the cabinet Thursday. The Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament is expected to officially launch her campaign for the party leadership Monday.
Since Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty decided he was stepping down last month, there has been a ton of speculation as to who will run to replace the nine-year premier. After many have confirmed they will not be seeking the Liberal leadership, such as Economic Minister Brad Duguid and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, others are still on the fence.
CBC News confirmed Friday that Wynne will no longer serve as a cabinet minister. This is the first step that Wynne will run for the party’s leadership.
After being elected in 2003 in the provincial riding of Don Valley West, Wynne has been appointed Minister of Education, Transportation, Municipal Affairs and Housing and Aboriginal Affairs.
Once Wynne announces the launch of her campaign, she will be the first member of the party to confirm a bid for the Liberal leadership. There has been much conjecture that no Grit wants to be the “sacrificial lamb,” as Maclean’s noted, as the party faces three tumultuous scandals – ORNGE, eHealth and the power planet cancellations – record debt, a budget deficit and numerous taxes.
The premier announced that Minister of Transportation Bob Chiarelli will also serve as Urban Affairs Minister, while Energy Minister Chris Bentley will also become Aboriginal Affairs Minister. These changes will take into effect as of next week.
According to a Forum Research poll (via the Toronto Star), Wynne is not the top pick. Former cabinet minister Gerard Kennedy, who quit provincial politics to seek a role in federal politics, is the leading candidate to be the premier’s successor with 22 percent support.
Children and Youth Services Minister Eric Hoskins was polled at 17 per cent, Wynne was in third with 16 percent and Training Colleges and Universities Minister Glen Murray was tied with 16 percent.
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