On Wednesday, August 1, a long-term Liberal MPP for Vaughan Greg Sorbara announced that he will be resigning his seat after having spent 21 years at Queen’s Park both as an MPP and a cabinet minister. Mr. Sorbara, who led the last three Liberal election campaigns, will keep chairing Ontario Liberal Party campaign and Ontario Liberal Fund. Follow the link to see an open letter to his constituents.
Mr. Sorbara, 65 and a lawyer by training, was first elected in 1985 in North York and served as a cabinet minister in David Peterson’s office. He stepped away from politics briefly, but then came back in 1999 as president of the Ontario Liberal Party. He later won a by-election in what was then Vaughan-King-Aurora riding.
OREA had a pleasure of working with Mr. Sorbara during his time as Minister of Finance when the Mortgage Brokerages, Lenders and Administrators Act, 2006 was being drafted.
The vacated Vaughan seat along with a yet to be called by-election in Kitchener-Waterloo creates the possibility of a defacto Liberal majority where Liberals could hold 54 out of 107 seats including the Liberal Speaker Dave Levac, who is normally neutral during voting. Both by-elections are expected to be held sometime in the fall.