Liberal leadership candidate briefing: Charles Sousa



  • MPP for the riding of Mississauga South since 2007
  • Member of provincial cabinet since 2010 (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games and Minister of Labour)
  • Launched Ontario’s first immigration strategy in November 2012

If elected, Sousa would:

  • Become Ontario “Jobs Premier” by increasing investment in the province.
  • Improve transportation systems to the North.
  • Expand the province’s energy transmission capacity.


  • MPP Soo Wong (Scarborough—Agincourt)
  • MPP Lorenzo Berardinetti (Scarborough Southwest)
  • Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion attended Sousa’s leadership announcement but did not formally endorsed him.

Odds of victory:

  • Low. Sousa is largely unknown outside the Queen’s Park circle. Even as a cabinet minister, Sousa has a low profile, rarely speaking during Question Period.
  • A recent poll by Forum Research found Sousa and Harinder Takhar to be the least popular of the seven candidates, each with only 2 per cent of public support.
  • That said, the leadership will be decided by delegates, not the public. Sousa has been campaigning hard and his performance at the first two leadership debates were well-regarded.

Sousa’s campaign website is here:


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