The rumours are swirling as potential Liberal leadership candidates mull their chances at a run for the top job. But how will the slate of aspirant leaders compare to the other men and women who have put their names on the ballot?
The Liberal Party of Canada has held eight contested leadership conventions in its history. While Alexander Mackenzie, Edward Blake and Wilfrid Laurier were selected by members of the Liberal caucus, William Lyon Mackenzie King was the first to be chosen as leader at a convention in 1919. Including those candidates who made multiple attempts at the leadership, 41 names have made it to the first round of balloting over those eight conventions.