Dalton Mcguinty


Ontario Liberals Face Off

INGERSOLL, Ont. - Few policy differences emerged at the first all-candidates meeting for the seven men and women running to replace Dalton McGuinty as Ontario Liberal leader and premier, but Kathleen...

Deadline Day For Ontario Contenders

TORONTO - A last-minute entrance by former government services minister Harinder Takhar means there are now seven candidates in the race to replace Dalton McGuinty as Liberal leader and premier of Ont...

New Contender Enters Leadership Race

TORONTO - A day before the deadline, a seventh would-be leader has entered the race for the Ontario Liberal leadership.Harinder Takhar resigned as government services minister on Thursday and announce...

McGuinty Makes A Deal

TORONTO - Ontario's cash-strapped government reversed some earlier fee cuts that were supposed to save $340 million a year to reach a new agreement with the province's doctors, Health Minister Deb Mat...

Following In His Footsteps

TORONTO - The latest entrant into the Liberal leadership race says she won't bring back the legislature immediately if she becomes Ontario's next premier.Rather than get right back to work if she is c...

Media Bites: Maybe China Will Take Over the Liberal Party Too

A couple months ago, the China National Offshore Oil Coporation announced that it would like to purchase Calgary oil firm Nexen. And the speculation began. If you're praying for a quick end to all this China intrigue, rest assured, you're not alone. But at least it keeps our minds off what's fast becoming one of the more depressing trends in Canadain politics: how the sudden resignation of Premier McGuinty seems to have triggered a mass exodus of his party's senior braintrust.

How Cutting Taxes Actually Helps the Economy

Two aspirations for Ontario -- to be the engine of Canadian jobs again and to have world-leading public services -- are interdependent, not separate, goals. We can't have one without the other. And Ontarians deserve both. Instead of grants and handouts to the politically connected, I believe tax cuts create jobs. Tax relief creates jobs, grows the economy, and stimulates new business investments.

Dwight Duncan Makes His Decision

TORONTO - Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has decided against running for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal party.Duncan says he won't make a bid to succeed Premier Dalton McGuinty and won't run fo...

How McGuinty Slapped Democracy in the Face

Dalton McGuinty's decision to prorogue parliament doesn't pass the sniff test. He claims the government needed to hit the pause button on negotiations with public sector unions on a wage freeze. Well, Mr. Premier, governments of all political stripes have negotiated with unions while the Legislature sits for years.

Won't Challenge Trudeau

OTTAWA - Dalton McGuinty won't be challenging Justin Trudeau for the federal Liberal leadership.The Ontario premier has decided to look for challenges outside politics altogether."I made a commitment...

What Will Dalton McGuinty's Legacy Look Like?

Dalton McGuinty's sudden and unexpected resignation comes at a particularly turbulent time in Ontario politics. There is a minority Legislature, sagging poll numbers placing the governing party third behind the Tories and NDP, and a wave of inquiries and corruption allegations. In addition, there is brewing labour unrest with teachers, doctors, and civil servants over proposed wage freezes. In all this, the inevitable question is, with McGuinty's resignation in this turbulent environment, what is his legacy?

Up Next?

Ontario's deputy premier and finance minister is giving careful thought to the idea of running for the leadership of the Ontario Liberals, as party officials meet to decide when they will hold a leade...

Dalton McGuinty Resigns as Ontario Liberal Leader

I'm not sure if mankind has yet devised a unit of measurement large enough to quantify the volume of editorials about the life, times, and future of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty that have flooded the Canadian press in the aftermath of his unexpected Monday resignation. It's almost enough to make one pine for the pine for the cautious restraint of Justinmania.

Dalton McGuinty Resigns, Shuts Down Legislature

We take it for granted that we live in a democracy. That label for our political system is, however, no longer accurate. Premier Dalton McGuinty's decision to shut down the Ontario legislature until his successor is chosen (whenever that might be) is further evidence that our democracy is under constant threat, more so in fact by the powerful than by terrorists. McGuinty has employed the same tactic Harper used a few years ago, presumably to stop the opposition from further investigating the Liberals' roles in the Ornge affair and gas plant closures as well as possibly censuring one of his cabinet ministers. Has the Premier also forgotten how to walk and chew gum at the same time?

The Good, the Bad and the Costly: Evaluating the McGuinty Legacy

After serving nine years as Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty has stunned the country by announcing his intention to step down as Liberal leader. Regardless of one's opinion of the man, he has arguably had a bigger impact on the province than many of his predecessors. There may be much to criticize in his record, but there is also much to laud. Now is a good time to evaluate some of his bigger legislative initiatives -- good and bad.

Dalton McGuinty Always Did the Right, Not Easy Thing

A man who did the right thing, not the easy thing. That's how I'll remember Dalton McGuinty's time in office. It is no secret that the province of Ontario is cash-straddled. Every province will be short on revenue in the coming decades as the cost of health care, in particular, increases. Yet Dalton McGuinty understood one of the key tenets of governance -- short-term pain for long-term gain. Yet it was not merely pragmatic decisions that characterized Premier McGuinty's tenure. Liberal values also defined his government, even after it was reduced to minority status. McGuinty said it himself the night he was elected to a third term as premier: Liberalism is still alive in Canada.

Harper Needs A Policy Reality Check

The Harper Conservatives have turned their backs on facts-based policy -- on research, data, and reality -- in favour of ideology to a degree not seen in decades in federal Canadian policy-making. There are seemingly countless examples of policies that are unreasonable -- downright illogical -- often followed by attempts to demonize, even stifle, dissenting voices.

Trudeau To McGuinty: Bring It On

HALIFAX - Liberal leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau says he would welcome the entrance of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty into the race to lead the federal party.The perceived front-runner said today...

McGuinty Was a Premier Who Understood Immigrants

I got the chance to meet Dalton McGuinty in person on several occasions especially at the International Muslim Organization of Toronto, which is one of the largest Muslim centers and it is the hub of different ethnic communities from Muslim countries. He kept repeating himself that he was the son of immigrant whose ancestors came to this country as everyone else -- looking for hope and a decent life.

Dalton McGuinty Resigns, Will He Step into Federal Politics?

A bright outcome of Dalton McGuinty's decision to retire could be that he's persuaded to run for the leader of the federal Liberals. In my view, only a McGuinty candidacy could halt the Justin Trudeau bandwagon in an election next spring open to anyone in Canada. Like him or not, McGuinty has actually managed a huge enterprise, Canada's biggest province, whereas the biggest thing Mr. Trudeau has managed is a high school drama class and -- or so he insists -- a Twitter site with some 160,000 fans.