Former Speaker Dave Levac facing competition for his job

NDP leader Andrea Horwath (center), MPP Charles Bisson (left) and MPP Cheri DiNovo (right) during question period Sep 9, 2013. Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail
Newly elected Speaker of the Ontario Legislature, Liberal MPP Dave Levac (C) is guided towards the Speaker's chair by fellow MPP's Jerry Ouellette and Liz Sandals at Queen's Park Nov. 21 2011. Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail
Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak, right, says goodbye to Chatham-Kent-Essex PC candidate Rick Nicholls following a campaign stop at J.B. Coatings in Chatham Ontario, Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The Canadian Press/Geoff Robins
Don Guy, right, shakes hands with chair Shafiq Qaadri as he checks messages on his phone after attending the Justice Committee hearing in Toronto on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

With Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet named,  all eyes at Queen’s Park turn to the election of the Speaker of the House, a plum position with extra salary and perks.

Dave Levac has confirmed he will put his name forward for the job he’s held since 2011 but he is facing competition from both opposition parties and within his own ranks.

NDP MPP from Parkdale-High ParkCheri Di Novo, PC MPP from Chatham-Kent-Essex Rob Nicholls and Liberal MPP from Etobicoke North Shafiq Qaadri are all hoping to replace Levac.

One more yet to be named candidate is also considering a run.

MPPs running for Speaker traditionally meet with the caucus of each party to try and win votes but with the legislature coming back so quickly after the election, the parties have decided not to hold caucus meetings with candidates.  That means it will be up to individual candidates to press the flesh and bend the ears of the 107 MPPs in the house.

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The Speaker will be elected by secret vote in the house on July 2.   The successful candidate gets a $36,000 bump in pay and posh apartment in the legislature.


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