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Gerard Kennedy joins Ontario Liberal leadership race

Former provincial cabinet minister Gerard Kennedy has thrown his hat in the ring in the race to become the next leader of the Ontario Liberals.

Kennedy is the fifth person to officially join the race. Kathleen Wynne, Glen Murray, Charles Sousa and Sandra Pupatello are also vying for the party leadership.

On Oct. 15, Premier Dalton McGuinty suspended parliament and announced that he’d quit as leader after the party selects his replacement in the new year.

This campaign will be Kennedy’s second attempt at the Ontario Liberal leadership — he lost to McGuinty in 1996 by 140 votes. Kennedy served as education minister under McGuinty.

Kennedy has been both an MPP and MP for Parkdale-High Park. He retired from provincial politics in 2006 to run federally but lost a bid for the national Liberal leadership and then lost his federal seat to the NDP’s Peggy Nash in 2011.

Toronto MPP Eric Hoskins resigned his cabinet post last week clearing the way for a leadership run. He’s slated to make an announcement Tuesday morning.

Candidates have until Nov. 23 to launch their bids.

The Ontario Liberals will hold their leadership convention at Maple Leaf Gardens over the last weekend of January.

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