Wednesday, October 24, 2012

LEADERS IN LOVE: BENNETT AND PUPATELLO CONSIDERING LEADERSHIP BIDS


A big name in Ontario politics has announced that he will not be seeking the job as Premier.

Presumed frontrunner for leadership of the Liberal Party, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan says he will be retiring  from provincial politics and supporting  Sandra Pupatello, if she decides to jump into the race.

The announcement came as a surprise to many pundits and is sure to boost pressure on the retired Pupatello to come back to public life.

Pupatello retired in 2011 to pursue a career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as the director of business and global markets. She told the CBC's The Early Shift that she's "leaning toward" entering the race.

Pupatello was the MPP for Windsor-West for 16 years and served in some of the provinces top cabinet positions including  Minister of Economic Development and Trade.

She retired from politics prior to the last provincial election. 

She is married to former Newfoundland Liberal leader, and current St. Barbe MHA  Jim Bennett.  

Bennett is said to be considering a run at the parties leadership in 2013.

The Ontario Liberals choose a new leader on the weekend of Jan. 25. The Newfoundland and Labrador Liberals will select a new leader on the weekend of November 15 – 17, 2013. 

It has the makings of a hectic 12 months for this power couple!

* updated - October 29th

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

She is a looker! I am not sure if Jim Bennett is a premier. Sure be cool to have a husband and wife team leading two different provinces.

Anonymous said...

Peter,

Some editing is required in 2 of your last 3 sentences:

[Liberal Party]?? is said to be considering a run at the parties leadership in 2013.

The Ontario Liberals choose a new leader on the weekend of Jan. 25.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Liberals will select a new leader on the weekend of November 15 – 17, [201.]??