John Earle wants to run as the local Liberal candidate in the next provincial election.
CORNWALL, Ontario – A familiar face is throwing his hat into the ring in what could end up being a spring provincial election.
John Earle, known in the city for filmmaking and owning his own business, told Seaway News he wants to be the Liberal party candidate in the next Ontario race.
“I’m very pleased with the direction of the association’s new executive and looking forward to working with our community to move forward in a positive way,” said Earle. “Ontario is a fantastic place to live and we in Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry have a key role to play in the economic prosperity of this province.
“I’m proud to live here, raise my family here, and operate my business in S.D.S.G. It’s time to move forward and help our region grow.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals suffered a pair of defeats in two Ontario by-elections Thursday, paving the way for a potential spring election.
The results don’t change the status of the minority Liberal government, but the by-elections have been viewed as a barometer of voter intentions, and party messages, in advance of a general election.
Earle conceded the Liberals were in tough.
"The advanced polls in both Thornhill and Niagara were indicative of the results," he said. "I think the Liberals fought hard and were positive.
"The party will remain positive and keep fighting hard to do what it takes to win without the negative spin."
Earle said local Tory MPP Jim McDonell should have been more accountable to the riding this term.
"It's obviously not been ideal for Jim McDonnell, being the opposition, however the representative needs to be acting on the best interest of his region, and spend less time towing the party line," he said. "Without getting into platforms, I definitely want to focus on improving economic development opportunities in Cornwall and the counties.
"We need to look at programs like the (Eastern Ontario Development Fund), that were put in place to help businesses grow and achieve their maximum potential."
It's unclear at this point who, if anyone, will run against Earle for the Liberal nomination.