Ontario MPP Tim Peterson is departing the Liberal Party to sit as the sole independent member in the legislature and plans to run for the Progressive Conservatives in the provincial election on Oct. 10.
The Liberal backbencher was first elected in 2003 in the riding of Mississauga South and is the brother of former [Liberal] Ontario Premier David Peterson.
The story also quotes sources from the Liberal Party saying he demanded a cabinet spot, but I'd like to hear it from Mr. Peterson first. You'll pardon me if I don't immediately believe Liberal sources.
On another note, Thanksgiving dinner at the Peterson's might be a bit awkward.
Updated: There is a release on the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party's site from Mr. Peterson:
“My decision was not an easy one. I knew that our government and I were not in agreement and my first instinct was to not run in October,” Peterson said, citing several issues of concern to him, including energy policy and getting a fair share for Peel/Mississauga. “Fortunately I have known John Tory for several years and it was easy to establish a dialogue about these issues.
“His quick grasp of the issues that concerned me and the people of Mississauga South was not only encouraging, it was invigorating,” said Peterson. “In my discussions with John, I also became aware of what a decent, caring, humourous and charismatic person he is. In short, a natural leader. A leader who is not afraid to bring together the best and the brightest minds in Ontario to help manage Ontario’s $90 billion budget. He is one of the best and brightest.”