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Toronto MPP expected to announce Ontario NDP leadership bid

Ontario NDP MPP Marit Stiles speaks to the media following the Speech from the Throne at Queen's Park in Toronto, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Lahodynskyj

An Ontario NDP MPP who is also the party’s education critic is expected to announce a leadership campaign in Toronto on Thursday afternoon.

Davenport MPP Marit Stiles has scheduled a media appearance in Toronto’s Bloor Street and Lansdowne Avenue area for 12 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

The invitation says Stiles will make an announcement. “She will be joined by supporters and special guests,” it says.

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Sources confirmed to Global News she is expected to announce a bid to succeed Andrea Horwath as leader of the Ontario NDP and Official Opposition.

Stiles was first elected to her Davenport seat in June 2018, gaining it from the Ontario Liberals. She was also previously elected as a Toronto District School Board trustee.

The Ontario NDP’s leadership position has been vacant since Andrea Horwath resigned after June’s provincial election. During her parting speech, Horwath, who led the party from 2009 to 2022, said it was “stronger and more ready to govern than ever before.”

Former Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca resigned the same night.

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Leadership candidates for the Ontario NDP, which is for now being headed by interim leader Peter Tabuns, have until December to register for the contest.

“Foundational principles of the contest include generating enthusiasm for the Ontario NDP, its ideas and principles; being positive, inclusive and accessible,” the party’s website says.

The party’s new leader will be announced on March 2, 2023.

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