LISTEN: "I don't see any knives" -- Premier insists successor talk 'a good thing'
Premier Kathleen Wynne swears she is not glancing in the rear-view mirror for who might be aiming to replace her as leader of Ontario's Liberal Party.
"I haven't seen any knives," the Premier laughed while in conversation with NEWSTALK 1010's Moore in the Morning Monday.
The Toronto Star reported Friday there are whispers at Queen's Park about who might fill Wynne's shoes if her party's fortunes do not improve.
A poll conducted by Forum Research in mid-February put Wynne's approval rating at a paltry 11%. The survey showed if an election was held now the Liberals, with 24% support could find themselves relegated to the position of third party. Although within the poll's margin of error, the NDP had a 1% lead on the Liberals to form the opposition with Progressive Conservatives at 44% support.
Forum also found Wynne to be a polarizing figure for Liberal supporters with 42% approving of her performance and 40% disapproving.
The Star has presented cabinet ministers Michael Coteau, Steven Del Duca, Eric Hoskins, Mitzie Hunter, Yasir Naqvi and Charles Sousa as possible successors as well as Sandra Pupatello, runner-up in the leadership contest Wynne won.
Wynne repeated Monday that she is committed to running in the province-wide vote set for 2018 and suggested discussing who might lead next is no big deal.
"It's a good thing in a political party or in any organization for there to be strong, smart people who are thinking about what comes next," Wynne told NEWSTALK 1010. "I'm not sensing any disloyalty. In fact, I have really good working relationships with everyone on my team and I'm going to carry on doing my job with their support."