Jim Wilson selected interim Ontario PC leader

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jul 02, 2014 - 10:08 AM |
TORONTO - Former cabinet minister Jim Wilson will be the interim leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives, replacing Tim Hudak who resigns today after leading the party to defeat in two elections.

Wilson, who was health minister under former premier Mike Harris, was elected interim leader this morning during a meeting of the PC caucus.

He'll stay on the job until the Tories can hold a leadership race and schedule a convention to pick their next leader.

Wilson isn't the only one getting a new job today as the legislature returns for the first time since the June 12 election.

Members of the legislature will elect a new Speaker this afternoon after all 107 MPPs are sworn in this morning, including Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Liberals Dave Levac — who held the position before the election was called — and Shafiq Qaadri are running, but Progressive Conservative Rick Nicholls and New Democrats Paul Miller and Cheri DiNovo also want the job.

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