Former Ontario cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello has officially thrown her hat in the ring in the race to become the next leader of the provincial Liberals.

Pupatello made the announcement in Toronto Thursday morning and said she’ll officially kick off her campaign Thursday evening in her hometown of Windsor.

“The reason I’m doing this is I want the opportunity to have, not just the Ontario government, all parties, all of us talking about jobs,” she said at the Ryerson campus.

“It’s what I haven’t heard much of this year and what I think we need to revert back to.”

Pupatello highlighted her 16 years as an MPP  — eight of them as a cabinet minister, holding the community and social services, women’s issues, education, and industry portfolios.

“If I win this leadership I’m going to take ideas from the opposition, especially when they’re talking to us about jobs because I believe they have some and I’m going to get them,” she said.

She said creating jobs will be her “mantra.”

“What you see is what you get. I want to be that transparent person that speaks openly and straightforwardly to the public of Ontario.”

Pupatello now joins Toronto MPPs Kathleen Wynne and Glen Murray in the race for the party leadership.