Peter Tabuns elected interim Ontario NDP leader

Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns is elected the interim leader fort the Ontario NDP. (Photo via PeterTabun.ca)

The province’s NDP have elected an interim party leader.

Late Tuesday evening, the Ontario NDP confirmed Peter Tabuns will serve as the temporary leader for the Official Opposition.

“My thanks to the members of the [Ontario NDP] who have appointed me their interim leader,” Tabuns said in a tweet. “I appreciate your confidence and your trust. You know I will fight for the people of this province, I know you will too.”

Tabuns was elected MPP in Toronto-Danforth in 2006 and has held the riding ever since. He tried his hand at becoming party leader several years later in 2009, but lost the leadership race to Hamilton-Centre MPP Andrea Horwath.

Prior to his career in provincial politics, Tabuns served as a Toronto city councillor throughout most of the 1990s. After that he served as the executive director of Greenpeace Canada. Tabuns was also a special advisor on climate change to former federal NDP leader Jack Layton from 2004 to 2005.

Ontario NDP president Janelle Brady congratulated Tabuns and also thanked Horwath for her work as leader adding that she believes the party is in a strong position.

“We are a diverse, multi-generational, modern social democratic party with supporters and volunteers in every region of this province. We’re financially sound and more energized than ever before,” Brady said in a statement. “The choice of a new leader and the direction of our party belongs to the tens of thousands of NDP members in Ontario and I can confidently say the party is in good hands.”

Horwath recently announced she would be stepping down as party leader after Conservative leader Doug Ford formed a solid majority government in Ontario’s 43rd general election earlier this month.