Just had long chat with Monte Kwinter who today becomes the oldest member of Ont. Leg at 83. Former parlimentary sec to Pupatello
I'm amending prediction of outcome : Pupatello could take it in 3 instead of 4 #olpldr
Buzz I've heard: Kennedy support more likely to Wynne - far more in common. Question? still not sure what he wants in return...
"Sousa! Sousa! Sousa!" chants the crowd.
#Sousa about to speak. Could make a surprise 3rd place finish - which would change up the Kennedy Dynamic. #LPCldr Not much buzz abt Kennedy
Sousa talking about his dad who worked in Kensington Market. "He was the real king of Kensington."
“Let’s fix our transportation…Let’s integrate our public transit into one regional system and make Metrolinx responsible for the TTC," Sousa says.
“Only Ontario Liberals have a plan to eliminate the deficit by 2017, while [providing for] opportunities for future generations," Sousa says.
“I’m proud to be part of a government that has done more for Education in Ontario. More to build schools, more to hire teachers…” Ties himself to McGuinty.
Sousa says Dalton Mcguinty will be known as the education premier.
"Fighting against someone - that's politics. Fighting for people, for Ontarians - that's leadership," he says.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but not sure rural Ontario is as accepting of gay woman premier as Wynne thinks. Grits need rural.
"We're the party of what's next. And what's next is a province with more jobs and a stronger economy," Sousa says.
And Sousa is done. Furtado's "Forca" is back on air. I want to dance.
#Former #kennedy co-chair in last provincial leadership agree's the time has passed for #goldenboy
Pupatello, the front-runner, is next. She's served as MPP for Windsor West for 16 years.
#Sousa speech is #sensible bt flat. No contrail on floor. will be big player though for Pupatello on 2,3 ballot. Future finance min?
Here comes #Pupatello's pitch. My senses is that it is her's to lose.
Pupatello on stage now. She wins the noise award...
Pupatello says she's honoured to be with the other candidates in this race. "Merci a vous," she says.
"As the daughter of immigrants, I learned early the value of hard work," Pupatello says. "The hope is in our DNA," she says to immigrants' children...
#Pupatello welcomed with winning roar! Looks great. Business elegant, sculpted features play well on big screen
"What you see is what you get," Pupatello says. Then she says it in French. "What you get with me is someone who will listen."
We are pulling in tweets from reporters John Stall, Francis D'Souza and Irene Preklet who are all here covering the convention.
Pupatello only one to position Ont. in global perspective. International view. She's open. Her line " we will do this"
Pupatello following the Obama pattern of repeating line. her's is " we can do this " punctuate every point and serves as transition to next
"We can do this," Pupatello repeats throughout her speech - finished now. Next up, Eric Hoskins.
Hoskins is married with a son and has been MPP for three years in the St. Paul's riding.
#pupatello hits all notes: " can win election" global view " most enthusiastic response from floor" can she do this?
Two delegates - high school students - on Hoskins' team are on stage now, explaining why they support him.
#Hoskins abt to speak. Clearly the most articulate and highest educated of the bunch
Eric Hoskins turn. 2 delegates now on stage talking about him, They throw to video. #onppoli #olpldr
RT @Stall680news: #Hoskins abt to speak. Clearly the most articulate and highest educated of the bunch
The Liberal party confirms the total number of delegates registered is 2,126.
The registered delegate count is 2126 at the Lib convention
RT @cityfrancis: The registered delegate count is 2126 at the Lib convention