VIDEO: Candidate Profile: Gerard Kennedy
Name: Gerard Kennedy
Background: Kennedy was elected to Queen's Park in 1996. Later that year, he was defeated by Dalton McGuinty in the Liberal leadership race. He was made Education Minister when the Liberals took power seven years later. He resigned to run for a federal leadership bid in 2006 - which he lost - but was then elected as an MP for Parkdale-High park two years later. Before all that, he was executive director of the Daily Bread Food Bank here in Toronto.
Family: Wife Jeanette Arsenault-Kennedy and two children.
Why he wants to be Premier: He says this is a genuine opportunity to effect Liberal change and politics in general.
Teachers: Kennedy says he would rip up the two-year contracts that were imposed on teachers if elected and then begin talks again for new ones.
Number one priority if chosen as Liberal leader/premier: Kennedy says the situation with the teachers needs to be re-evaluated from the get-go but underlines getting the economy moving is very important.
How he's seen: Kennedy is a well-known figure around Toronto and in political circles, but his last leadership losses can't help but be considered when looking towards this convention.
Message to Ontarians: Kennedy says residents should feel free to tell the Liberals what they want from the party and government. He says this convention is an exercise for them to speak out and for Liberals to listen.