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Dalton McGuinty’s increasing centralization of power


Premier Dalton McGuinty insists he is not rattled by apparent dissension in his Liberal ranks. In a move that even loyalists now concede was ill-advised, McGuinty ordered all staff members to leave the Liberal caucus room on May 13 then criticized MPPs for speaking out of school.

The MPP said the ensuing one-hour discussion, sparked by a May 10 Star article headlined “Premier McGuinty’s tight ship,” exposed a growing resentment from elected officials over the increasing centralization of power.

“There’s a bit of arrogance coming out of the premier’s office,” said another senior Liberal.

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October 9, 2007 – Did Dalton McGuinty just get a free ride or a free advertisement on CFRB this past hour?


The ‘Dalton McGuinty Show’ just aired on CFRB, between noon and 1PM. In an effort to be totally unbiased on this issue, I did listen to all of the leadership candidates and in general they all did a great job. Albeit I did not think that the Green Party leader, Frank De Jong, needed to have someone from New Zealand? But that is beside the point. What was particularly disturbing is the free ride or shall I say “free advertisement” Dalton McGuinty just received via CFRB. We have not had an opportunity to see Dalton McGuinty truly answer questions, which may not necessarily be easy to answer, from the electorate. All events have been choreographed and staged extremely well. When pressed by reporters to answer difficult questions, Mr. McGuinty, ever so skillfully and tactfully, avoids the question. What is more upsetting is the fact that he essentially got 1 hour of “free” radio time to promote his agenda. I am not sure but I almost felt like I was in a trace or radio mind meld, so maybe he is Vulcan? It actually at one point sounded like a ‘Liberal Love-in’ at one point. I wish more stringent guidelines were placed on all of the leadership candidates, for their respective shows. Maybe next time producers of the show will be more careful to ensure that each leadership candidate answers questions from the electorate, and not avoid and ignore us completely. With one day left before the election, Dalton McGuinty successfully used CFRB, to his and the Liberals advantage, as a tool for his inauguration.

By: Andy MJ
a.k.a “The GTA Patriot”
Toronto, Ontario

Hampton warns against Liberal majority


With just one full day of campaigning left before the Ontario election, NDP Leader Howard Hampton spent today trying to chip away at the chances of a Liberal majority government. At a campaign stop in Oshawa, Ont., Hampton disparaged Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty at every turn.

Hampton warned voters that a majority mandate would give McGuinty free reign to spend taxpayer money as he sees fit, break promises and possibly raise taxes. Hampton pleaded with the public to keep McGuinty “accountable.”

“Voters are telling us they don’t believe Dalton McGuinty, they don’t trust Dalton McGuinty and they don’t want Dalton McGuinty to have a majority government because they know what happens,” Hampton said after meeting with NDP candidate Sid Ryan at a Tim Horton’s in Oshawa.

“A day after the election all the promises mean absolutely nothing.”

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Tory, Hampton remind voters of McGuinty’s record


If anybody was thankful this Thanksgiving, it was Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty, who went out campaigning Monday knowing that a new poll put him way ahead of his competition. Joining supporters in Mitchell, Ontario for Thanksgiving lunch, McGuinty said he’s not taking the lead for granted.
“We’re not taking anything for granted,” McGuinty told reporters after speaking to about 100 supporters in a barn at a hog farm. “There’s lots of time left for voters to make up their mind.”

He also denied reports he plans on raising taxes.

However, his opponents are reminding voters McGuinty has a track record that is less than trustworthy. NDP leader Howard Hampton accused McGuinty of neglecting seniors. “They have no plans for home care or long-term care.and that’s why you have seniors lying in soiled diapers for 18-19 hours a day,” he said. Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory said voters should think long and hard before they pick their next premier. “Grandchildren, children, senior citizens themselves should be asking, ‘can I afford four more years of this man with his insensitivity to me on the health tax, insensitivity to me on long-term care, insensitivity on property taxes, doctor shortage and a host of other issues?'” he said. “I say the answer is no.”

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Hampton’s telling the truth


NDP Leader Howard Hampton yesterday injected the most honest talk we’ve heard from any political leader into this utterly bizarre election campaign.

Asked what he’d say to voters poised to give Premier Dalton McGuinty a second majority government, while ignoring his record of fibs and broken promises in favour of the minor issue of stopping public funding for non-Catholic religious schools, Hampton deadpanned: “What do I say? I say, well, then people get the government they deserve (laughter) that’s what I say.”

Hampton, meeting with the Sun’s editorial board, knows, as we do, that if McGuinty wins big Oct. 10, it won’t be long before voters who abandoned the Tories and NDP to back the Liberals will be asking themselves what they’ve done.

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