Final Showdown in Ontario Liberal Leadership Race: Candidates Face Off in Last Debate

Liberal MP and former provincial cabinet minister Yasir Naqvi, right, and Liberal MP Nate Erskine-Smith, are banding together to urge their supporters to put the other as a second choice in a bid to stop Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie from finishing at the top of the pack.

Liberal Hopefuls Make Final Push Ahead of Leadership Vote

The Ontario Liberal Party’s leadership race is reaching its climax as the final debate is set for Sunday afternoon, marking the last opportunity for the candidates to sway party members before the leadership vote.

In a field that has seen dynamic shifts and alliances, four candidates remain in the fray. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, who is widely perceived as the front-runner, faces stiff competition from her counterparts. In a strategic move, Federal Liberal legislators Yasir Naqvi and Nate Erskine-Smith have formed an alliance, urging their supporters to prioritize each other over Crombie in their rankings.

This tactical alliance reflects the intensifying efforts to reshape the leadership dynamics as the voting nears. The cooperation between Naqvi and Erskine-Smith signals a significant shift in the campaign strategy, underlining the high stakes involved in the leadership race.

Meanwhile, former MP and current provincial Liberal caucus member Ted Hsu continues his pursuit of the leadership, maintaining a focused campaign. The race witnessed a recent development when Adil Shamji, also a member of the provincial Liberal caucus, withdrew to throw his support behind Crombie. Shamji’s move to back Crombie has added an extra layer of intrigue to the contest.

Party members are gearing up to cast their votes on November 25 and 26. The anticipation is high as the results, to be counted and announced round-by-round, will be revealed on December 2 in downtown Toronto.

The leadership race has been dominated by critical issues such as the affordability crisis, increasing housing supply, and strategies to challenge Premier Doug Ford. These topics have been at the forefront of the debate, with each candidate presenting their vision and plans to address these pressing concerns.


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