Ontario Parties Look to Finalize Party Candidates in first week of May

With Days, if not hours, until the Writ for the 2022 Ontario general election is issued, some parties may be nominating a flurry of candidates ahead of the June 2nd vote.

The governing Progressive Conservatives led by Premier Doug Ford is currently three seats away from having a full slate of candidates. The PC's have yet - at time of publication nominated a candidate in Ottawa South (currently held by Liberal John Fraser), Hamilton Mountain (currently held by NDP Monique Taylor), and Haldimand Norfolk (Which is currently held by PC Toby Barrett. Barrett announced in late April he would not be seeking re-election. Ken Hewitt has announced their intentions to stand for the candidacy in the riding for the PC's.)

The third-place Liberals have nominated 109 candidates, still needing 18 candidates to complete their entire slate of candidates.

Andrea Horwath's Ontario NDP still needs 23 candidates to complete their rooster of candidates ahead of the June 2nd vote. The NDP are holding a swath of nomination meetings this coming weekend, with the majority of the vacancies expected to be filled by May 4th.