Mike Colle Skinny: Former city councillor, TTC chair who served as critic for transportation and the GTA. Prominent in fight against the megacity and Oak Ridges development. Pushed for Ontario Municipal Board reform.
Scary part: Fancies himself an environmentalist, but pushed for a toll freeze on Hwy 407.
Recommendation: Clued in to city – give him municipal affairs. Who else could actually do it? George Smitherman Skinny: Former government relations consultant and Barbara Hall chief of staff with a penchant for publicity seeking. First openly gay MPP.Works on housing, heritage preservation, human rights and community economic development.
Scary part: His legislative resume is mightly thin – fighting for seniors'pensions and obscure amendments to condo act.
Recommendation: Has profile, but what has he done for us lately? Monte Kwinter Skinny: Flakey former Petersonera warhorse and cabinet minister. Bit of a loose canon. Introduced bill back in 1991 granting increased access to medicinal alternatives.
Scary part: Long absences from the legislature; scandal over time he spent travelling on business while minister of consumer affairs in the 90s. Most important, he voted for the Tory private school tax credit.
Recommendation: Better he should start to groom a replacement. Michael Bryant Skinny: Harvard-trained lawyer with serious leadership aspirations. Helped bring down former Tory minister Chris Stockwell over travel expenses scandal. Introduced private member's bills pushing for affordable housing, rent control and making trigger locks on guns mandatory.
Scary part:Was energy co-critic when Dalton was doing all his flip-flops on Hydro privatization. Supports disgusting Tory private school tax credit.
Recommendation: A bit of a cop apologist, so anything but solicitor or attorney general. Mary Anne Chambers Skinny: Former Scotiabank senior vice-president and chair of the United Way's board.
Scary part: Served as past prez of the Canadian Club. Sat as chair of the governing council at U of T when tuition and fees were going through the roof. Lots of awards and recommendations, but what does she stand for? Campaign lit was all McGuinty cut-and-paste.
Recommendation: Touted for culture and tourism minister, but nothing suggests she's going to do anything for anybody. Gerard Kennedy Skinny: Former exec-director of Daily Bread Food Bank who lept from grassroots into the Liberal party and ran a stellar issuespacked leadership bid. Served as high-profile health critic. Led fight to bring back extra-curricular school activities.
Scary part: He's been AWOL from public view in recent years and lacks oratorical grace.Owes John Nunziata his first electoral win. Observers fear his activist soul has been swallowed whole by the Grit machine.
Recommendation: He's a policy wonk and should be a good fit for education minister. Gerry Phillips Skinny: Grit finance critic; served as minister of both citizenship and labour in former premier David Peterson's government; former chair of Metro and Scarborough school boards. Singlehandedly responsible for linking Tory higher-ups to the OPP shooting death of native protestor Dudley George. Most levelheaded member of the caucus.
Scary part: Questions about his health.
Recommendation: Needs enough power to counter his teammates' basic right-wing instincts. Alvin Curling Skinny: Former minister of housing and minister of skills development under Peterson. Led a 18- hour filibuster against hated Tory Omnibus Bill 26. A member of the board of both the World Hunger project and World Literacy Canada.
Scary part:Watched his words a might too carefully during police racial profiling dust-up. Could be overlooked after former staffer got caught sending nasty e-mails about leader McGuinty.
Recommendation: A mid-level portfolio for years of service. Greg Sorbara Skinny: Former Peterson-era heavy with a number of ministerial portfolios to his credit, including women's issues. Has signalled a willingness to grant the NDP official party status. A smooth operator.
Scary part: His development ties – he's a partner in the Sorbara Group, one of the province's largest development and property management companies. Didn't advocate a total ban on Oak Ridges Morraine development despite the fact it's in his riding. Issue conspiciously absent from his campaign material. Supports Tory tax cuts.
Recommendation: Ugh. Joe Cordiano Skinny: Lightweight backbencher who started as parliamentary assistant to Peterson and was promoted to deputy party leader after finishing second in Liberal leadership in 96. Fought against Northwestern Hospital closure and cuts to funding of the York Adult Day School; introduced bill to abolish head tax on orphans from abroad.
Scary part: An MP for 18 years, he has little to show for it.
Recommendation: Deadbeat. Keep him away from important decisions. David Caplan Skinny: Former North York school board trustee first elected in by-election in 97; has served as liberal critic for housing and municipal affairs. Strong affordable housing and rent reform advocate; introduced a bill to keep rents down and allow developers density bonuses in return for building affordable housing.
Scary part: Booster of McGuinty's Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Fiscal conservative.
Recommendation: A junior portfolio dealing with anything that doesn't decide mega-money matters. Tony Ruprecht Skinny: This wonky MPP (think Dennis Mills's long-lost brother, only weirder) has been keeping the back benches warm for over 20 years. No one outside his riding has a clue what the hell he does. Locally he's star of the retirement home birthday party set. Rails against strip clubs, but takes their campaign dough.
Scary part: The only MP to back Dalton McGuinty's leadership bid. Hope this doesn't mean a reward is forthcoming.
Recommendation: Don't let this guy anywhere near cabinet. For any reason. Ever.