At 10am on Sunday former Ontario Liberal leadership hopeful Kate Graham posted an open letter on her Twitter account which certainly achieved something Ontario’s Liberals have not done too often lately–it got people talking about the Ontario Liberals.
The letter was a public invitation, signed by forty prominent Liberals, including such noteable party grandees as Greg Sorbara, Deb Matthews and Lyn McLeod, for Mike Schreiner, leader of the Ontario Green Party, to throw his hat into the ring to run for the Ontario Liberal leadership.
As of late Monday, Mike Schreiner has said he needs ‘time to think’ about the points made in the letter – an answer which is far from the the unambigous ‘no’ many in his party will have wanted.
The reaction from Liberals, Greens and independents has been strong, and runs the gamut from strong support on one side to feelings of betrayal on the other. Some voices within the OLP (some likely supporting rival leadership candidates) are, quite simply, furious and feel the letter is damaging in both what it says about the once mighty Ontario Liberals, and what it says about prominent Liberals’ faith in their own party.
And while many would agree that politics in Ontario needs to change, is headhunting a leader from a rival party the way back to electoral relevance for the Ontario Liberals, or a demonstration of callous disregard towards both the Ontario Greens and the party grassroots?
Kate Graham joins us today to answer these questions and more in a fascinating exclusive interview.
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