Steven Del Duca’s family photo says a lot about the 2022 Ontario election

About ten minutes passed between the closing of the first polls and the declaration of Doug Ford winner with a majority Conservative government in the 2022 election in Ontario.

The almost immediate call for PCs was a Serge Ibaka-style block of what was supposed to be a resounding comeback for the humiliated Ontario Liberal Party.

It was all summed up neatly in a photo of party leader Steven Del Duca and his family, the shock, agony and disappointment evident on their faces – especially that of his expressive youngest daughter – when the results came in.

Not only did the Ontario Liberal Party fail to rebound from a disastrous performance in 2018, but Steven Del Duca also lost the race in his home riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge.

He was beaten by incumbent PC candidate Michael Tibollo, the same candidate who crushed Del Duca in the last general election.

Del Duca’s career in provincial politics began a decade ago, as a cabinet minister in the Liberal government led by Kathleen Wynne from 2014 to 2018.

He was elected leader of the party in March 2020, tasked with rebuilding the Ontario Liberals after losing official party status with just seven seats won in 2018.

The arrival of the pandemic and the start of lockdown restrictions just weeks after the Liberal leadership vote put a damper on Del Duca’s ability to connect with voters, and when election night rolled around Thursday, his party did not make substantial gains.

Del Duca said his ability to win a seat had no bearing on whether or not he stayed on as party leader, although he changed his tune after another dismal performance and resigned as Liberal leader just before 11 p.m. Thursday. night.

Jack C. Nugent