Ont. Immigration Minister next up for Liberal leadership run

Ontario Immigration Minister Charles Sousa is the next likely candidate to announce his desire to run for leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party, after Premier Dalton McGuinty’s surprise announcement that he would step down.

On Twitter Tuesday morning, The Agenda host Steve Paikin said: “Charles Sousa has put out the call to supporters to meet tmrw to collect 250 signatures for his ldrshp nomination. He’ll announce Saturday.”

Should Sousa make his announcement, he will join former cabinet minister Kathleen Wynne and MPP and former Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray.

Murray made his announcement on Sunday. Though Wynne’s plans to run for leader had been well known since last week, she made it official with a campaign launch in her north Toronto riding Monday night.

Potential candidates who have yet to announce their intentions include Health Minister Deb Matthews, Youth and Child Services Minister Eric Hoskins and, potentially, former Liberal MP Gerard Kennedy and former MPP Sandra Pupatello, who retired from politics in her Windsor riding earlier this year.