The provincial election is looking to be just as boring as the municipal one, at least in Weston; nobody seems to want to run against Nunziata, and York South—Weston, which has long been a provincial battleground riding, has only one serious contender, Laura Albanese.
For more than a decade, YSW has swung back and forth at the provincial and federal levels between the Liberals and the NDP.
This year, though, the NDP has not announced a provincial candidate. Paul Ferreira, the the former MPP and recent candidate, told me a few months ago that he was considering another run, but nothing has been announced. Yet the elections are only six weeks away.
The Conservatives have put in a candidate, Andrew Ffrench. He’s been entirely silent on social media for more than a year, though, and he hasn’t said anything about the election. The Greens don’t have a candidate in this riding.
Perhaps the NDP has a plan. It’s hard to imagine what it might be, though—the Liberals are in deep trouble, with a minority government, unfolding scandals, and what looks like a UP Express coverup. The NDP has been on the ascendance, too—Sullivan won only three years ago and has been a solid and effective MP.
Not announcing a candidate on the first day seems, to your humble correspondent, to be a mistake: it makes the NDP look like they don’t want a riding they could have.
They may get that wish.