Ontario Liberal Caucus selects John Fraser to serve as interim leader of the party. Globalnews.ca

Ontario Liberals have chosen John Fraser as the interim leader of the party.

In a press release on Monday, the Ontario Liberal Caucus said Fraser – MPP for Ottawa South – was “unanimously elected” by the caucus.

Fraser said he was “honoured” that his Liberal caucus colleagues “put my name forward to serve as the next interim leader of our party.”

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“I am grateful for their trust and look forward to the work ahead as we rebuild our party and continue our fight for Ontario,” Fraser said in a news release.

Fraser served as the party’s interim leader after the 2018 provincial election, and has been the Leader of the House in the Ontario legislature since 2020.

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The party’s current president, Brian Johns, said Fraser is a “strong and experienced leader” who has “deep roots in the Ontario Liberal Party.”

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“I witnessed John’s dedication to reconnecting with our grassroots members and rebuilding our party during his first term as interim leader,” Johns said in a statement. “I know he will continue to work tirelessly as we navigate this pivotal moment in our party’s history.”

The party said the decision would be brought before the party’s voting body on August 3 for formal ratification.

The move comes after former Ontario liberal leader Steven Del Duca announced his resignation after the provincial election.

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