Hoskins shifts from himself to talking about abuses of democracy in other countries where he's worked. #onpoli
When Hoskins starts talking about his foreign-aid work, it's hard not to think he's at the wrong level of government.
"I have witnessed the devastation and hardship wrought by governments that put their citizens' welfare below their own," Hoskins says
"Being part of the political process is not a stepping stone for me" says @DrEricHoskins "it is my bedrock." #olpldr #onpoli
Hoskins' "all caps Liberal" thing is playing well in this arena, but I imagine it comes off a little goofy on TV.
.@DrEricHoskins gets the whole joint cheering by saying "we are ALL CAPS LIBERALS" #olpldr #onpoli
And...we'll have to wait another few minutes for Hoskins' endorsement.
Hey, it's Eric Hoskins' wife. Anyone remember what her name is?
Wynne, Sousa and Pupatello delegates get up to cheer as Hoskins' camp leaves the floor.
David Peterson, premier of Ontario from 1985 to 1990 (85 to 87 as a minority), now addressing the crowd. As party organizers mention in his introduction, Mr. Peterson ended decades of Progressive Conservative government in Ontario.
Former premier David Peterson is up now. "The family is gathered, the table is set and we need only decide who will sit at the head."
Sorry, that was a joke about Hoskins' wife name, but only funny to the microscopically small sample that's watched every debate.
Some lofty rhetoric here by David Peterson, to a room that's paying very little attention.
Now a break. Only Kennedy's camp cheers.
Now the speeches are done; we have a few minutes until the results of the first ballot are announced. After that, second ballot begins
Awaiting first-ballot #OLPLdr results, but more interesting will be what comes immediately after. As many as three candidates could move.
Questions for this set of #OLPLdr results: Is Pupatello well over 30 percent? How big is lead? And any change in Kennedy-Takhar-Sousa order?
Jack Siegel's thoroughness is an asset to his party, but dear God, this is a tortuous preamble to results.
Sandra Pupatello and Kathleen Wynne nearly tied on first ballot.
Wow. Wynne is only 2 back of Pupatello. Huge for her.
Results of first balllot: @Kathleen_Wynne and @SandraPupatello almost tied with 597 vs 599 #olpldr
.@DrEricHoskins finished in last place and has withdrawn from race #olpldr
.@GKennedyOLP camp chanting "we want Eric" but @DrEricHoskins already said next leader will be a "she" #olpldr
So yes: @SandraPupatello Pupatello holds a razor-thin lead over @Kathleen_Wynne : 599 to 597. Eric Hoskins eliminated #onpoli
.@Kathleen_Wynne, who delivered barn burner of speech, went into convention 41 delegates behind @SandraPupatello but has closed gap to 2
If you like percentages, Pupatello and Wynne both round to 29%. Hoskins' 7% up for grabs.
Chants of "We want Eric" erupt from every camp in the arena.
The next twenty minutes or so will be tense in here. Every leadership contender will be courting Eric Hoskins' supporters. We should hear soon which other candidate (if any) he'll support.
We'll also be waiting to see whether any of the second tier of candidates - Kennedy, Takhar and Sousa - will drop out voluntarily this round. They have 20 minutes to do so.
Have to figure most of the independent delegates who originally were Murray people went to Wynne.
Ontario Liberal riding associations, student groups and women's clubs voted a couple of weeks ago on sending delegates to this convention, most of whom were pledged to vote for a particular candidate.
The change Eric Grenier (308dotcom) mentions is an indication of which ways independent delegates and ex-officio voters (i.e., party officials) voted.
Sandra Pupatello still got the most votes in the first round of ballots (as we expected, given the delegate support coming in), but Kathleen Wynne really closed the gap.
Deb Matthews has turned up in Hoskins' booth. Can she return to Wynne's with him?
Deb Matthews, a Wynne supporter, is in Eric's dais. People chanting her name from convention floor. #onpoli
Other camps have gathered on the convention floor beneath @DrEricHoskins booth, all eyes looking up at him. #onpoli
Pop culture-politics crossover moment: the current song playing in the arena is "Hello" by Dragonette, the stage name of Martina Sorbara, the daughter of former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister Greg Sorbara.
(Greg Sorbara is very proud of his daughter's music, as he's said many times in interviews, so I expect it's no coincidence.)