Downtown Hamilton from the Jolley Cut in August 2021 Credit: Joey Coleman

Correction note at the end.

The Ontario Liberal Party made it official, Deirdre Pike will be their candidate in the pending Hamilton Centre provincial by-election.

The by-election will fill the vacancy created when Andrea Horwath resigned as MPP shortly after the June 2, 2022 provincial election.

Horwath won her seat but was unsuccessful as NDP leader in the election. Horwath successfully ran for Mayor of Hamilton in the October municipal election.

Sarah Jama will be the NDP candidate in the by-election. Jama was acclaimed in early November. Her campaign office is already open, and she is actively canvassing.

Jama is the organizational front-runner in the yet to be officially called by-election.

Lucia Iannantuono will be the Green Party candidate.

With Horwath, their party leader, the NDP won the riding with over 50 percent of the vote since 2011. The riding is considered a NDP stronghold.

The Liberal Party has placed third in the past two provincial elections.

The Conservatives have placed second.

The Green Party’s vote has hovered around 8 percent in recent elections.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford must call the by-election within six months of August 15, when Horwath officially resigned as MPP seat.

A March election call will result in an April election date.

CORRECTION: The original version of this brief incorrectly cited the Progressive Conservative January 26 2022 nomination meeting for the last election as a 2023 nomination meeting. I deeply regret and apologize for my error. The incorrect information was public for approximately three hours prior to removal.

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