MPP Naqvi not running for Liberal leadership
We don’t yet know who will be running for Dalton McGuinty's job, but now we know of one person who will not be running.
The president of the Liberal party, MPP Yasir Naqvi says after careful consideration and discussion with his family he has decided he will not seek the leadership of the party.
Naqvi stepped down from his role as president for a few days while making the decision.
He says being a father is his most important new job.
McGuinty announced he is stepping down as leader last Monday.
Below is Naqvi’s full statement:
After careful consideration and discussion with my wife and family, I have decided not to seek the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party at this time.
This was not an easy decision. I believe in my party and I stand behind the good work our government has done. I am proud to be part of the team that introduced full-day kindergarten and reduced wait times for health care. Under the strong leadership of Dalton McGuinty, our schools are now the best in the world, and our air and water are among the cleanest. Together we have achieved so much, and I am immensely proud.
This is a very personal decision for me. As the father of five-month old Rafi, I had to think long and hard. First and foremost, I am Rafi’s dad, and being a father is my most important new job.
I am very proud to work for my community as the MPP for Ottawa Centre and remain committed to the challenges ahead. Together, we have accomplished a lot for our city and I look forward to continuing to serve my constituents.
As the President of the Ontario Liberal Party, I am excited about the opportunity to help run a successful leadership convention. Now is a pivotal time in our party, and it is important that we ensure the leadership race is transparent, fair and robust. I know many of my colleagues are considering entering the race, and I wish them all the best of luck in their deliberations.
I want to thank Premier Dalton McGuinty for his leadership and friendship. He has taught me a lot about the importance of hard work and public service. I will take his lessons with me throughout my career and will always have fond memories of the time I served in his government.
Thank you to all the people from across the province that have expressed their support and encouragement over the last few days. Our work is not done, and I hope I can count on this support in the coming months to ensure that Ontario Liberals elect a strong, capable leader at the upcoming leadership convention.