Liberal leadership candidate briefing: Eric Hoskins

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Credentials:

  • MPP for the riding of St. Paul’s since 2009
  • Member of cabinet since 2009 (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Minister of Children and Youth Services)
  • A family doctor and Oxford Rhodes Scholar
  • Co-founded charity War Child with his wife Samantha Nutt

If elected, Hoskins would:

  • Address youth unemployment in Ontario by offering business incentives for youth job creation.
  • Support rural Ontario by launching a Rural Jobs and Economic Development. Strategy, a Rural Transit Strategy and a strategy to deliver high speed Internet throughout rural Ontario.
  • Promote healthy living as a way of keeping the province’s healthcare system sustainable.

Supporters:

  • MPP Amrit Mangat (Mississauga—Brampton South)
  • MPP Tracy MacCharles (Picking—Scarborough East)
  • Former MPP Jim Brownwell
  • Filmmaker Deepa Mehta
  • Former Ontario Liberal Party presidents Gord Phaneuf and Mike Eizenga

Odds of victory:

  • Moderate. Hoskins may remind delegates of a young McGuinty. He is agreeable and non-controversial, but not highly experienced in politics (McGuinty was).
  • At the very least, this leadership run should boost his public profile.

Etcetera:

  • Hoskins, who grew up in Simcoe, Ont., is trying to expand his appeal beyond the GTA by promoting himself as rural boy at heart.
  • In a gaffe at his leadership launch, Hoskins compared the tension in the legislature before McGuinty announced prorogation in October to war-torn areas of Africa he visited as a humanitarian doctor.

Hoskins’ campaign website is here: http://ericforleader.ca.

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