McGuinty hints fall vote will be his last

McGuinty’s comments should send a jolt through Queen’s Park, where a slew of ministers and MPPs are quietly vying to succeed him as Liberal leader, a job he’s held since 1996. Attorney General Chris Bentley is viewed as the front-runner, but Health Minister Deb Matthews, Environment Minister John Wilkinson, and Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne are all touted as possible chiefs.

The Toronto Star
January 7, 2011

McGuinty hints fall vote will be his last
Premier won’t confirm if he’ll serve full term if he’s re-elected
Robert Benzie

Dalton_McGuinty.jpeg

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announces funding of The Ontario Brain Institute at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Nov. 15, 2010

Premier Dalton McGuinty dropped a bombshell during an interview with CTV on Thursday, suggesting for the first time that he may not serve another full term if re-elected.

Flanked by his wife, Terri, on a couch in his Queen’s Park office, McGuinty gave his clearest signal yet that the Oct. 6 election will be his last.

“If you win in October, are you going to serve out your four years?” asked CTV’s Paul Bliss.

Normally, McGuinty, who was elected premier in 2003 and has been an MPP since 1990, responds to such questions by assuring he plans to remain in office until at least 2015.

Under Bliss’s grilling, however, the 55-year-old premier changed his tune.

“Uh, I’m not going to speculate as to how long,” said McGuinty, a beatific smile suddenly splashed across his face.

“But I can say that I am absolutely committed to seeing the policies through that we’ve already put in place, Paul, and to ensuring that we also take the next step forward to ensure that we have the strongest possible economy that supports our schools and our hospitals and good jobs for our kids,” he said.

During the interview, it was clear that the McGuintys, who have four grown children, are looking forward to being able to spend more time together.

Terri, who teaches kindergarten at a Toronto Catholic school, insisted the premier hasn’t changed much since being elected.

“Just grey hair, I think, and (he’s) a little more … I wouldn’t say romantic, but sensitive. He’ll talk about his feelings more, which is really nice,” she said.

McGuinty’s comments should send a jolt through Queen’s Park, where a slew of ministers and MPPs are quietly vying to succeed him as Liberal leader, a job he’s held since 1996.

Attorney General Chris Bentley is viewed as the front-runner, but Health Minister Deb Matthews, Environment Minister John Wilkinson, and Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne are all touted as possible chiefs.

Several junior ministers and MPPs are also known to be interested.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/917535--mcguinty-hints-fall-election-will-be-his-last


Brought to you by WikidFranchise.org

Risks: Affordable, early and non-legal dispute resolution mechanism, Appropriate franchise law, Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000, Canada, Arthur Wishart Amendment Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2010, Canada, Call for franchise law, Frenzied lobbying, McLaw: toothless legislation designed to protect the dominant parties, Money swears, Political champions, Private Members’ Bill, Canada, 20110107 Mcguinty hints

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License