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Bonnie Crombie wins Ontario Liberal leadership after third ballot


It was third time lucky for Bonnie Crombie.

The Mississauga mayor is the new Ontario Liberal leader after a dramatic third-ballot victory in the party leadership race Saturday

Crombie eked out a win with 53.4 per cent support and will lead the Liberals against Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives in the 2026 election.

“There is no question — being an Ontario Liberal is back,” she told more than 1,000 Liberal members gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“Ford and his Conservative cronies have been the opponent in all of our sights for this entire campaign,” Crombie said as cheering backers brandished red-and-white signs reading, “Stop Ford” and “2026.”

Speaking to reporters, she hailed that it was “such a competitive race.”