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MPP Linda Jeffrey to run in Brampton mayoral election

Sources tell Newstalk 1010 that Jeffrey will resign from cabinet on Tuesday

It looks like Premier Kathleen Wynne is losing another cabinet minister, one who is set to challenge Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell in the upcoming municipal election.

Newstalk 1010 has learned Linda Jeffrey, the Municipal Affairs Minister will announce on Tuesday that she is resigning as the MPP for Brampton-Springdale and will file nomination papers to run for Mayor of Brampton against incumbent Susan Fennell.

Sources confirmed the information to Newstalk 1010's Queen's Park Bureau Chief Katie Franzios overnight.

Jeffrey is an ally of Premier Wynne's and has been an MPP since 2003. Before then, she did serve on Brampton city council.

Jeffrey will be the seventh Liberal MPP to resign since 2011.

The only other so-called serious candidate in the race is Peel Regional Councillor John Sanderson.

The city's current mayor, Susan Fennell, has been highly criticized for her spending record. She has had to defend herself against accusations of charging taxpayers for flight upgrades, a car, personal driver and language classes.

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  1. Mark posted on 03/24/2014 07:05 AM
    Poor Brampton.

    Their choice is to either keep the wasteful self serving hog that they have now or they can pick an MPP straight from the ranks of the most corrupt and incompetent government in Canadian history.

    Pretty sad really.
  2. Happy Warrior posted on 03/24/2014 07:51 AM
    Linda is putting her own ambition ahead of the taxpayers. Ontario has adopted fixed election dates. She promised taxpayers she would serve until Thursday October 1, 2015, the next set election date. In order to run, she has to resign and this will force a wasteful $500,000 by-election. Taxpayers lose even when she is quitting.
  3. Brampton Billy posted on 03/24/2014 08:49 AM
    Looks like the NDP or PC's have scared Linda into resigning. You never leave a good gig unless you are at risk of getting the chop. You can't run away from scandal in Brampton. People will compare Fennell's $180,000 travel expenses to Jeffrey's $2 Billion e-heath and gas plant scandal and vote Fennell.
    1. G man posted on 03/26/2014 11:41 AM
      @Brampton Billy Or say they both stink and vote for Sanderson.
  4. Linus posted on 03/24/2014 08:58 AM
    The Toronto election is as easy as ABC: Anyone But Chow!
  5. Rob Ford's Ghost posted on 03/24/2014 09:03 AM
    This is the ghost of election's past, be careful what you wish for... or you could get stuck with a crack-smoking Mayor or a former Liberal with a penchant for lighting up taxpayer's money and burning it in a billion dollar pile of gas plant contracts. sorry Linda Jeffrey we are not buying it...
  6. john posted on 03/24/2014 10:46 AM
    Linda who ? only fibril i know is Wynne . .
  7. Laura posted on 03/24/2014 07:07 PM
    Be careful Brampton. Linda Jeffrey is the Lib Minister who was all for that mega-quarry that was cancelled a couple of years ago. She didn't care that it would destroy enough prime farmland to cover Toronto.

    She didn't care that it would disrupt the aquifer for most of Southern Ontario and that the quarry would need to be drained every day in perpetuity.

    And her response to the citizens who were concerned about having this megaquarry in their neighbourhood?

    "Maybe you'll get a golf course out of it."

    Jeffrey is just another of the Dalton Gang who doesn't give a damm about anyone but herself.
  8. G man posted on 03/26/2014 11:44 AM
    MPs and MPPs who quit to run for office elsewhere should have to pay for the cost of the election to replace them. I'm talkin' about you, Olivia Chow and Linda Jeffery.
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