The Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie, has been elected as the new leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.
In her victory specch, Crombie said: “Thank you for believing in what we are going to build together. Thank you for taking a spark and turning it into a big, red flame here today.
“There is no question, being an Ontario Liberal is back, and that is thanks to each and every one of you.”
Crombie’s victory came after three rounds of voting and she garnered 53.4 percent of the votes to defeat federal Liberal MPs Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and Yasir Naqvi and Ontario Liberal MPP Ted Hsu.
Crombie doesn’t have a seat in the Ontario legislature currently but she said she may consider running in the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex by-election. The riding used to be represented by Progressive Conservative MPP and former labour minister Monte McNaughton who resigned as an MPP in October.
Also. Crombie said she would likely step down as Mayor of Mississauga in the new year.
Following her victory, her Liberal Party is aiming at the PCs for the forthcoming 2026 provincial election.
In a recent post on X, the Ontario Liberal Party said: “In 2026, we’ll be ready to take her progressive and compassionate vision for Ontario to voters and kick Doug Ford and his insiders out.”