New Party Leader

Steven Del Duca new OLP Leader

More than 3,000 delegates to the 2020 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Convention prepare for the announcement that Steven Del Duca will be their new Party Leader early in the afternoon of Saturday March 7, 2020 at the International Centre in Mississauga. Steven was elected on the first ballot with nearly 59 percent of the vote.

As expected, Steven Del Duca easily won the Leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party on the first ballot at the Party’s Leadership Convention on March 7, 2020 at the International Centre in Mississauga. Steven was backed by a clear majority of both elected delegates, and Party Ex-Officio delegates (Riding Association Presidents, MPPs and past Candidates and others) on the first ballot, winning 58.8 percent of the vote.

Steven does not have a seat in the Legislature, which allows him to focus on the essentials in rebuilding the Party in the months leading up to the next Ontario provincial election:

  • Reconstituting and rebuilding the many Riding Associations that have fallen into neglect after the 2018 Ontario election;
  • Helping Riding Associations get ready for the 2020 election through fund-raising; member engagement; organization; candidate search and work with OLP;
  • Fund-raising and organization at the OLP level; debt reduction from our 2018 campaign (the Liberals are not as deep in debt and disorganization as the Ontario PCs were after their 2014 election loss;
  • Engagement with the Party membership as we formulate policy and organize toward a June 2, 2022 Ontario election.

Leadership Convention Results
First & Final Ballot

Leadership CandidateVotesPercentage
Del Duca, Steven1,25858.8%
Coteau, Michael36317.0%
Graham, Kate29914.0%
Hunter, Mitzie1225.7%
Tedjo, Alvin743.5%
Hollingsworth, Brenda241.1%
Total Votes Cast2,140100.0%

Delegate Election Results

The Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association membership voted for their Ontario Liberal Party Leadership delegates on Saturday February 8, 2020 at the Vic Johnston Community Centre in Streetsville.

  • 194 ballots were cast;
  • 1 ballot was spoiled;
  • 193 ballots were valid.

Leadership candidate Steven Del Duca was, by a wide margin, the winner in this riding, with 86.5 percent of the ballots cast, and will get the large majority of the Riding Association’s delegates. The vote by candidate for Ontario Liberal Party Leader in Mississauga-Streetsville looked like this:

February 8, 2020

Candidate Votes Pct
Coteau, Michael52.6%
Del Duca, Steven16786.5%
Graham, Kate21.0%
Hollingsworth, Brenda21.0%
Hunter, Mitzie31.6%
Tedjo, Alvin63.1%

The Ontario Liberal Party will announce the names of the Mississauga-Streetsville elected delegates, and which leadership candidate the elected delegate supports shortly.

How elected delegates vote

Elected delegates must vote for (or against) their supported leadership candidate (i.e. their ballot contains their candidate’s name with a choice of Yes or No) on the first ballot. On the second and any subsequent ballots, every delegate to the Leadership Convention may support any candidate they wish. It was this flexibility that chose, for example, former Premier Dalton McGuinty on the fifth ballot in the 1996 Leadership Convention.

Mississauga-Streetsville delegates

As a result of the Riding Association’s Delegate Election Meeting in February, the Mississauga-Streetsville Leadership Convention delegate distribution went as follows:

  • Del Duca delegates: 14;
  • Tedjo delegates: 1;
  • Independent delegates: 1;
  • All other Leadership candidates: 0.