Sixteen years ago, when I was elected leader of our Party, the Ontario Liberals had won exactly one election in fifty years.
We couldn’t do anything to help families because we couldn’t win an election.
We’ve won three elections in a row.
But more important is what those election wins have allowed us to do.
In every area that matters most to families – their schools, their health care, their environment and their economy — we’ve made huge progress.
We’ve gone from struggling schools to the best schools in the English-speaking world…
From Canada’s longest health-care wait times, to the shortest
From dirty air to clean air
And the toughest drinking water standards, anywhere.
When it comes to the economy:
We’ve made our workforce the strongest and our taxes very competitive.
We’re renewing our infrastructure. We keep creating jobs.
Ontario has recovered 13 per cent of our jobs lost in the recession.
In the U.S., it’s 49 per cent.
We’ve positioned Ontario for decades of success.
Our government hasn’t been perfect.
But when it comes to the big things that families count on us to get right –schools, health care, the environment and the economy — we’ve gotten it right every time.
Just this afternoon, we updated Ontarians on the state of our finances.
We’re once again ahead of schedule with our plan to balance the budget…
We’ve beaten our budget forecasts in seven of the last nine years.
I feel very good about where we are as a party and a province.
But as Liberals, we’re always driving forward.
The opposition’s political games are holding Ontario back.
They’ve told us they oppose our plan for a two-year pay freeze for government workers.
That means we can’t make it law.
So, we need to go back to the drawing board.
We’re going to make a sincere and determined effort to negotiate a wage freeze agreement with our labour partners.
Like the agreements already reached with 80,000 public sector workers.
We’re also going to consult with the opposition about what they would support to freeze wages.
To this end, I’ve asked the Lieutenant Governor to prorogue the legislature to allow those discussions with our labour partners and the opposition to occur in an atmosphere that is free of the heightened rancour of politics in the legislature.
And when the legislature returns, we will either have negotiated agreements in hand or a firm sense of what the opposition will support.
As the party and government of relentless progress, we’re always looking for new ideas and ways to renew ourselves.
And I’ve concluded that this is the right time for Ontario’s next Liberal Premier and our next set of ideas to guide our province forward.
Earlier today, I asked Yasir Naqvi, our party president, to convene a leadership convention at the earliest possible time.
I will remain as Premier until that leadership convention.
And it will be my honour to continue to serve as the MPP for Ottawa South until the next general election.
I know I’ve asked some hard things of you.
But I’ve always been inspired by the ideal that the older generations work hard to build a bright future for the younger ones.
And they do this, always, with love and an unwavering commitment.
I saw that in my own mother and father.
It’s what Terri and I have tried to do for our children.
And I see it in the eyes and actions of Ontario families, every day.
I thank you for the honour of serving as your Leader and your Premier…
In Ontario, the greatest province in the best country in the world.
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I feel bad for people like James Borer who are taking on the challenge of rebuilding the SDSG Provincial Liberal Riding Association. He sent in the following.
“There is no greater calling than that of service to your fellow man.”
Premier Dalton McGuinty has made that calling his own for many years, the past sixteen as Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. The fact that he has again put the needs of Ontario ahead of his own comes as no surprise. Only a few weeks ago Premier McGuinty was afﬁrmed as leader of the Liberal Party with the highest rating of any of the party leaders in Ontario. His announcement today demonstrates his absolute conﬁdence in the Provincial Liberal Party of Ontario.
Ontario has made meaningful, positive gains since the Premier took ofﬁce 9 years ago. With a period of prosperity and growth that is unparalleled and a resiliency through the recession that is nothing short of incredible. Our health care wait times are the lowest in the country, our education system is amongst the best in the world, our commitment to persons with disabilities steadfast. Even through the worst recession the world has seen since the Great Depression our economy continues to show positive growth with 134% of the jobs lost now recovered.
These things have not been achieved by only one person, but by a team under phenomenal leadership. A Leader who has continuously put his mission of making Ontario the best Province in the Best Country of the entire World. Premier Dalton McGuinty is a humble man. He has now chosen to succeed through demonstrating humility once again. He has chosen to put the needs of the province ahead of his own.
He has done this by asking for the party to chose a new leader in the belief that this will best serve the province and move us forward together. For me the best commentary on how I personally perceive Premier McGuinty was captured by another great Leader, Theodore Roosevelt in his address known as the “Man in the Arena”, which is quoted below.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
To the Premier, I salute you and all that you have done in service for your fellow man.
James Borer C.D.
SDSG Provincial Liberal Riding Association
And that’s the issue for many; that by pulling a Baumgartner with Harper like topping, Mr. McGuinty leaves the party faithful in a very ponderous position that most likely will see them slip in the next election as this move gives the opposition; especially Ms Horvath a ripe path to run up the middle via.
As for a challenge to Justin Trudeau? Well blowing a majority government to finish one seat out; then missing a by-election sneak move and then punting on 2nd down surely will not endear him to Federal Liberals compared to the juggernaut that Justin Trudeau’s Red Run has started?
Maybe Mr. McGuinty just wants off the political hamster wheel? Maybe the issues he’s ducking by doing this were truly damaging. All this scribbler knows is that he can’t take a night off without some Premier ruining it! 🙂
So my fellow Canadians; what dost thou think of these turbulent times? Doest posteth dost comments yonder below!