Steven Del Duca fails to win provincial seat, resigns as Ontario Liberal leader

Steven del Duca lost the riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge for the second consecutive election and resigned as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.

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PC Party office-bearer Michael Tibollo took the seat he received from Del Duca in 2018.

In his election night speech, del Duca noted the progress he felt the Ontario Liberals had made and the direction in which the party could move.

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“However, this will be a movement led by a new leader,” he told supporters. “Early this evening, I informed my party president about my decision to step down from the leadership of our party.”

Del Duca said a leadership race would be held “as soon as possible”.

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Del Duca won the Ontario Liberal Leadership Race in early 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic began.

In the early stages of his leadership, he struggled to gain recognition throughout the province. Leading the party from outside Queen’s Park, he did not hold a seat in the…

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