Dalton's very bad week: week two edition



    TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Gobble, gobble. For the second week in a row
Dalton McGuinty has been voted the "Turkey Award" in the Ottawa Citizen
Campaign Megastar contest. The election campaign is only four weeks long.
Yikes.
    Dalton McGuinty's "Campaign in the Bubble 2007" tour continued as well
this week.
    On Tuesday Dalton McGuinty went to the International Plowing Match - and
snuck in the back door.
(http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=b9d2056b-06cf-407a-8dda-4265
72106df1)
    On Thursday Dalton McGuinty went to the Leaders' Debate - and snuck in
the back door. (National Post, September 21, 2007)
    Still wrapped up in the bubble, Dalton McGuinty, who likes to claim that
he doesn't have the luxury to be "pessimistic," took things too far this week.
"Have we lost jobs?" he asked during the Leaders' Debate on Thursday. "You bet
we've lost jobs!" he responded. 143,100 manufacturing jobs lost since the
start of 2005, Dalton. Not something to brag about.
    Dalton McGuinty has also been going around the province claiming that no
students have lost any school days due to work stoppages under his government.
When he made that statement during the Leaders' Debate on Thursday it came as
news to the 8,000 students in North Bay who lost a week of school due to an
occasional teachers' strike last year.
    The debate didn't go well for Dalton McGuinty. Headlines following the
event included:
    
      "Observers give Tory the edge," Brantford Expositor
      "Tory, Hampton score in debate," Kitchener-Waterloo Record
      "McGuinty takes verbal beating from Tory, Hampton," Kitchener-Waterloo
       Record
      "Broken promises dominate TV clash," Sudbury Star
    

    Finally this week, Dalton McGuinty's troubles with his own party are
starting to intensify.
    Last week we heard about Liberal MPP and cabinet minister Jim Watson
who's distancing himself from Dalton McGuinty by not making any mention of
Dalton McGuinty on his campaign website or election signs.
    That trend is continuing this week with Mike Brown, the Liberal MPP and
candidate in Algoma-Manitoulin. Brown is seriously downplaying his connection
to the Ontario Liberal Party and Dalton McGuinty - offering only a link to the
party platform and mentioning Dalton McGuinty's name only once.
    Dalton McGuinty may appear in his TV ads, but despite his back-to-back
Turkey Awards he's a rare bird on his own candidates' websites.





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