Kennedy Eyes Leadership Again
He's hoping the third time is the charm.
That's how many tires Gerard Kennedy has made for leadership of Liberals, the first in 1996 provincially, then in 2006 federally. But the former MPP and MP isn't giving up hope because he wants to help change the party.
Kennedy says it's proven that frontrunners rarely win in delegated conventions. And he would know, he was considered a frontrunner in the 1996 leadership race despite just getting elected to Queen's Park earlier that year and fellow leadership candidate Sandra Pupatello had supported him.
While he jokes he asked her to just do what she's done in the past when it comes to support this time around, Kennedy says he's serious when it comes to the leadership.
He was defeated in 1996 by Premier Dalton McGuinty, then made Education Minister when the Liberals took power seven years later. He resigned to run for a federal bid in 2006 - which he lost - but was then elected as an MP for Parkdale-High Park two years later. Before all that, he headed the Daily Bread food bank here in Toronto.
Kennedy says politics isn't everything in his life, even though it does play a role in his hobby as an amateur cartoonist. He reveals he has sketches of his former cabinet members, but jokes he won't release them until he sees if they'll be supporting him.
Going into the convention, Kennedy is third in delegate support.