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Toronto MPP Kathleen Wynne to seek Liberal leadership, McGuinty confirms

Longtime Ontario cabinet minister Kathleen Wynne will run for the Liberal leadership, Premier Dalton McGuinty has confirmed.

According to a report in The Canadian Press, McGuinty said Wynne told him of her bid and he believes she’ll be a strong candidate.

The Don Valley West MPP met with the premier Friday morning to tender her resignation for her posts as minister of municipal affairs and housing and minister of aboriginal affairs.

Before she took her current posts in October 2011, she served as transportation minister from 2010-2011 and education minister from 2006-2010.

Wynne said in a statement she would speak to the media on Monday evening.

Bob Chiarelli will take over Wynne’s municipal affairs and housing post, while continuing to serve as minister of transportation and minister of infrastructure.

And Energy Minister Chris Bentley will add the aboriginal affairs ministry to his portfolio.

Both will be sworn in next week.

Health Minister Deb Matthews, former cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello and ex-MP Gerard Kennedy are also reportedly considering a run. They have until Nov. 23 to decide.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, Education Minister Laurel Broten and Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid have said they won’t enter the race.

The party will choose its new leader at a convention on Jan. 25, 2013.

On Oct. 15, McGuinty announced he would step down as Liberal leader and suspended the legislature.