Charles Sousa's pitch is based around the economy: improve transit or our economy will not grow. #onpoli
Sousa promises to make @Metrolinx responsible for the TTC and build high-speed rail along the Lakeshore GO line
Sandwiched in between Wynne and Pupatello, Sousa's not having an easy time holding the room.
Sousa also promises to build roads and rail to the north to develop it into an "energy powerhouse."
"When they put a statue of Dalton McGuinty on the lawn of the legislature, I want to tell my grandkids 'that's the education premier,'"
Still baffled by lack of effort by frontrunners' supporters - Pupatello's in particular - to make also-rans feel good about themselves.
Charles Sousa's speech, so far, is the heaviest on policy. He's laying out each of his planks one at a time. #onpoli
I should note that there seem to be a few too many Sousa supporters on the floor, so it's possible other candidates are helping out a bit.
RT @scott_stinson: Charles Sousa in storytelling mode has a cadence that reminds me of Casey Kasem. #OLPldr
Each of the six campaigns has a section of the arena's seats. Wynne's is the only one with a video screen, and it is currently showing tweets sent to her after her speech.
Sandra Pupatello is up next, and she's had a crowd of supporters milling around in the hallway outside for a couple of hours. Looks like they're finally coming in now.
Sandra Pupatello's delegates are queued up at the back of the arena, chanting her name, ready to run out. #onpoli
.@SandraPupatello's opening is quiet and sober, with gentle piano music, in contrast to Wynne's dance party. #onpoli
Wynne steals a little attention before Pupatello's speech, as Hazel Mcallion turns up in her camp.
Hazel McCallion is sitting next to @Kathleen_Wynne, on her dias #onpoli
Wynne steals a little attention before Pupatello's speech, as Hazel McCallion turns up in her camp.
Pretty sure Pupatello has the loudest floor supporters we've seen so far today.
We've just been informed that the party can confirm there are 2,126 voters here.
Jeez, and we thought Wynne's crowd was loud.
.@SandraPupatello's delegates filed in quietly to a video of her drawing links between Windsor and the bigger themes in Ontario
"We are taking that sense of purpose to new heights" says @SandraPupatello who says she traveled from Windsor to Wawa #olpldr
Pupatello's outreach to other candidates, thanking them for their contributions, sounds a little too much like out of a victory speech.
"We are all Liberals today," @SandraPupatello says in French
"That optimism, that hope is in our DNA," Pupatello says, to cheers and chants of her name #onpoli
Pupatello describes herself as a "fierce defender" of government's accomplishments.
"We have better schools, better healthcare, cleaner air," Pupatello says. #onpoli
.@SandraPupatello is very poised: looking up, making eye contact and talking with her hands
Not seeing much reaction for Pupatello in Sousa/Takhar/Hoskins camps, but same was true for Wynne.
So far, her speech is focused on painting the Tories and NDP as extremes in the 90s'.
I'm told Hazel, by the way, is visiting all the leadership candidates. She's officially non-partisan. #TOpoli
"What you see is what you get," Pupatello says of herself. This is true. She's pretty much the same off camera as on it.
"I'm not always right. I have made mistakes but I am prepared to listen" says @SandraPupatello #olpldr #onpoli
RT @AdrianMorrow: I'm told Hazel, by the way, is visiting all the leadership candidates. She's officially non-partisan. #TOpoli
Pupatello, like the others, is drawing the economic-social connection: if you want social programs, we need a good economy.
"A government that I lead will be accountable for our decisions" says @SandraPupatello #olpldr #onpoli
Sandra's in the accountability part of her speech: pledges to have staff that find inefficiencies and waste. #onpoli
Pupatello does seem to be reining herself in a bit during this speech - not going over the top, as she does sometimes.
"To those who say Ontario's best days are gone, I say you're wrong" says @SandraPupatello taking jab at @timhudak #olpldr #onpoli
Fair point. RT @terencecorcoran @aradwanski Didn't you say something different after Globe edit board meeting comparing her with Hudak?
Sandra Pupatello is ramping it up now, "I am the candidate who can win that election!" getting cheers from her crowd
"Both extremes lead to failure" says @SandraPupatello in vowing to stake out the political middle #olpldr #onpoli