Hoskins Looking Forward to Liberal Renewal
His priority as premier would be strengthening the economy and creating jobs. But even though St. Paul's MPP Eric Hoskins doesn't have as much delegate support going into the convention as he had hoped, he plans on sticking it out in the name of renewing the party.
He was one of the last candidates to launch a leadership campaign in November and the former Children and Youth Services Minister says that may be the reason why he was last in delegate support out of all candidates two weeks before the convention.
But Hoskins has dusted himself off looking forward to being part of the party's renewal process.
Before he entered politics, Hoskins confounded the charity War Child Canada with his wife. He's worked in conflict zones such as Sudan, Ethiopia and Iraq providing humanitarian relief.
That's just part of a long resume which includes being a doctor, a Rhodes Scholar and an officer of the Order of Canada.
Above all, he says he's a family man - pointing to his wife Dr. Samantha Nutt and their seven-year-old son.
As for the province's relationship with the teachers, Hoskins says it needs to be mended. He underlines the province needs to find a way in the future to get a contract that would respect teachers and stay within the province's financial boundaries.
When looking ahead, he's not counting anything out when it comes to the province's top job but says he realizes only one person can be premier. Which is why he has spoken with all the leadership candidates to get an idea of where their priorities are, something he says is key when making a decision about who he may support.
If he is elected as premier, however, Hoskins says he's confident he can work with opposition parties in this minority government.