Former Toronto mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi announced in front of the Queen's Park Ontario Legislature Tuesday morning that he will run for the Conservatives in October's provincial election.
The last time the city of Toronto heard from Rocco Rossi was a week before the municipal election in October. Since then, the former Liberal fundraiser took a month-long pilgrimage across the historic Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Rossi is now getting back into the game of politics after receiving several offers from a few different political parties. However, due to the enormous problems facing the province of Ontario, Rossi says he plans to run for the provincial Tories and take on Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament in the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence, Mike Colle, according to the National Post.
“There’s a lot of work today, and I look forward to being a part of it,” said Rossi, reports CBC News. “I believe we have a government that's tired, that's run out of ideas. Well that's not gonna get it done when we're faced with skyrocketing hydro bills, higher taxes and job losses. Ontario needs and wants change.”
Rossi, who posted low polling numbers throughout the municipal election, launched an election campaign website, which states: “Our hardworking families deserve a government that puts taxpayers’ pocketbooks first. Families are stretched to the limit. Under Dalton McGuinty we've seen skyrocketing hydro bills, higher taxes, and job losses.”
At the present time, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party has nominated 43 candidates for the Oct. 6 election. PC Leader Tim Hudak explained that Toronto needs “to stand tall” because the amount of work that needs to be done “to turn this province around.”
The former John Tory mayoral campaign manager’s announcement comes weeks after speculation ran rampant that former Toronto mayor hopeful, Sarah Thomson, would run for the Liberals in the High Park-Parkdale riding currently held by New Democratic Party MPP Cheri DiNovo.