York South-Weston MPP Laura Albanese is backing Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Sandra Pupatello.
Albanese announced her support after Pupatello joined her in the riding Friday, Nov. 23.
“Sandra has placed a high priority on jobs and economic development, which are consistent with the needs of the communities I represent in York South-Weston,” she said.
“Jobs and meaningful employment are essential ingredients of strong communities. Employment is one of the key strategies that lead to economic revitalization and safer communities and those are my priorities.”
Pupatello echoed Albanese’s interest in job creation.
“The best way to secure the future for every Ontario family, and for generations to come, is to build an economy on a foundation of stable, well-paying jobs,” she said.
“Laura has told me that employment as well as skills training and development are of paramount importance in York South-Weston. If elected leader and premier, my number one priority will be creating and retaining jobs here and across the province.”
Pupatello is one of seven candidates vying for the leadership to replace Premier Dalton McGuinty. Others include Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne, St. Paul’s MPP Eric Hoskins, Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray and former Parkdale-High Park MPP Gerard Kennedy.
Pupatello served as a Windsor MPP for 16 years, holding six cabinet positions including economic trade and development, community and social services and education.
She did not run in the October 2011 provincial election.
The leadership convention will be held in Toronto Jan. 25 to 27.