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MPP Jim Wilson is PC interim leader

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Published on July 04, 2014 with No Comments

The Ontario PC Party caucus has elected Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson its interim leader as the Ontario legislature resumed for the first time since the June 12 election.

Tim Hudak officially stepped down as leader  after announcing his intention to do so following a disappointing showing by the PCs on election night. Hudak, who will keep his seat in the legislature, did not attend caucus meeting. Wilson will lead the party until a new, permanent leader is chosen. Last week, PC MPP Christine Elliott — the widow of ex-federal finance minister Jim Flaherty — announced that she would be seeking the party leadership, her second shot at the position. Elliott finished third when Hudak won the Tory leadership race in 2009.

Tory MPP and labour critic Monte McNaughton said he is also “seriously” considering a run for the leadership. Tory energy critic Lisa MacLeod, Tory MPP and finance critic Vic Fedeli, and party president Richard Ciano are also being touted as potential candidates for the position. All 107 MPPs were sworn on Wednesday, including Premier Kathleen Wynne and her new cabinet.








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