Premier Kathleen Wynne has pulled the trigger on the Sault Ste. Marie byelection, setting the date for Thursday, June 1.
The writ was dropped Wednesday in order to fill the vacancy left by former Liberal MPP and cabinet minister David Orazietti, who resigned at the end of December. Wynne had until the end of June to make the call, which, under the Election Act, must be done on a Wednesday, with the byelection held the fifth Thursday after the writ is issued.
The news also comes after the Liberals nominated former Soo Mayor Debbie Amaroso as their candidate for the byelection last weekend. Amaroso challenged the Premier earlier this week to drop the writ "sooner rather than later."
The Progressive Conservatives had already tapped city councillor Ross Romano as their candidate, and the NDP have named fellow councillor Joe Krmpotich as their choice to carry the party colours.
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