2023 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Election

Miss the first debate of the 2023 Leadership Election? Click the button below to watch the recording!

The live stream for the second debate in Stratford will be made available on October 1st.

Watch the 2023 Thunder Bay Debate


Following our membership’s decision to move to a direct voting system in March, the Ontario Liberal Party is excited to share details of what will be our most inclusive and accessible leadership process – ever.

  • Party members will cast ranked ballots on Saturday, November 25, 2023 and Sunday, November 26, 2023.
  • Voting will be available in-person for almost all constituency associations, student clubs, and women’s clubs, with a small number voting by mail.
  • Ballot counting and the announcement of round-by-round results will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023 with the OLP’s new leader announced the same day.
  • The final date to join the Ontario Liberal Party, as a member of a constituency association or women’s club, and be eligible to vote in the leadership election, is Monday, September 11, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. local Toronto time
  • The final date to join the Ontario Liberal Party, as a member of a student club, and be eligible to vote in the leadership election, is Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. local Toronto time.
  • During the leadership election, the Party will also host five debates around the province. Dates and locations for these debates are listed below.

Meet the Candidates

The registered candidates in the 2023 Leadership Election are (in alphabetical order):

Bonnie Crombie


Nathaniel Erskine-Smith


Ted Hsu


Yasir Naqvi


Adil Shamji


Debate Schedule

Save the dates! We’re excited to share the debate schedule for the 2023 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Election.

Thursday, September 14
Thunder Bay – 7:00 PM
Watch the Live Broadcast

Sunday, October 1
Stratford – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, October 24
Toronto – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 8
Ottawa – 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 18 OR Sunday, November 19 (TBD)
Brampton – 1:00 PM

In addition to having an in-person component, each of these five debates will be live-streamed so you can catch every moment. 

We will have more details to share over the coming weeks — including how you can register to attend in-person — but for now, make sure to mark your calendars so you can tune in to hear our leadership hopefuls debate the future of our Party, and our province.

Important Documents

Questions & More Information

If you have questions about the 2023 Leadership process, want more information, or simply need assistance finding tools to navigate the leadership process, let us know! Contact the Party office at leadership@ontarioliberal.ca.

Media Inquiries

For more information about the leadership race, members of the media can contact communications@ontarioliberal.ca.

Stay tuned for more information!