- 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.
- 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.
- 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.