Liberal MPP Brad Duguid held a news conference at Queen’s Park on Wednesday where he announced that he would not seek the party leadership. Coming less than 24 hours after former Cabinet minister George Smitherman also removed his hat from the ring, Mr. Duguid’s announcement brought to five the number of high-profile would-be contenders to succeed Dalton McGuinty who have shifted themselves to won’t-be status.
“Clearly, nobody wants the job,” said PC MPP Jim Wilson, managing to avoid the obvious rats-fleeing-a-sinking-ship analogy.
NDP counterpart Peter Tabuns avoided it as well, but just barely: “The only news coming out of the Liberal leadership race is that people don’t want to be leader,” he said. “The ship is taking on water, and they are searching for higher ground.” Aside from ending on a rather tortured metaphor — I’m no nautical expert, but am pretty sure the solution to a leaky boat is…
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