Former Ontario Premier and MPP for Ottawa-South Dalton McGuinty have announced his decision of resigning from his seat in the parliament. Current Ontario Premier who took over after McGuinty’s resignation as premier, Kathleen Wynne, defended his legacy and stated that he shall not be defined by the gas plant cancellation scandal which resulted in his exit from politics.
In his official statement, McGuinty stated that he thanks his family, friends and colleagues, adding that leaving politics have come at an “opportune time” with end of the session in the provincial legislature. McGuinty mentioned that “I leave politics with my idealism intact and a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunity to have served in public life.” McGuinty is quitting politics after spending almost nine years at Queen’s Park and 16 as leader of the Ontario Liberals. Under his leadership, Liberals secured two majority governments in 2003 and 2007, though it only managed a minority government in the 2011 election.
During a speech at CBC’s Metro Morning, Wynne mentioned that McGuinty’s legacy shall not be defined by the recent scandal, alleging that her minority Liberal government is “building on the foundation” laid by her predecessor. She alleged that “he is leaving after having done years of service to the people of Ontario.” Wynne added that “I’m proud to have been part of his government.” McGuinty attended the legislature twice since his resignation as Premier in February, also failing to attend Tuesday’s vote on the minority government’s budget.
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