Former Perth-Wellington MPP John Wilkinson announced his support last Thursday for provincial Liberal candidate Kathleen Wynne, citing her grassroots campaign and her ability to connect.
He has also joined health minister Deb Matthews as Wynne’s campaign co-chair.
“Kathleen Wynne has run an exceptional, grassroots campaign,” said Wilkinson in a statement to media. “The next leader and premier must be able to connect with all Ontarians, especially rural and small towns, and Kathleen has demonstrated she’s the best candidate to get the job done.
Wynne has signed up the most new members, has the most delegate candidates, the highest number of grassroots donors, and has the most innovative online campaign,” he added.
“Kathleen is the best candidate to be premier. She is thoughtful, compassionate, and brings people together to tackle tough challenges,” said Wilkinson.
“I’ve watched her reach out and earn support from all sides of the political spectrum in all parts of the province. Kathleen is exactly the Premier and Leader we need right now.”
Wynne thanked Wilkinson, who served as minister of research and innovation, revenue and the environment over the eight years he represented Perth-Middlesex, then Perth-Wellington, at Queen’s Park, for his support, and said she was honoured to have him on her campaign.