McGuinty Talks Directly To Voters In Televised Leaders' Debate
TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - Dalton McGuinty made a strong case for
re-election of his Ontario Liberal Party this evening by speaking directly to
families about his positive plan to improve the things they care about most,
says Ontario Liberal Campaign Chair Greg Sorbara.
"Leaders take responsibility. They bring people together. And they have a
positive plan," Sorbara said.
"And the Premier took responsibility for the tough calls he has had to
make. He talked about the progress we've made together. And he spelled out,
clearly and with passion, where we want to take this province over the next
four years. He's clearly the best leader," he said.
"His values, work ethic and determination have driven our government and
brought Ontario back from the cuts and division of the Conservative years. And
he did a tremendous job tonight of making the case that only Ontario Liberals
can keep our province moving forward."
For the first time, the television networks invited the three campaigns
to replace the leaders' traditional opening statements with a one-minute
The Ontario Liberals' offering featured a candid McGuinty talking about
the tough call he made to raise taxes in his government's first budget, saying
that he made the decision because the alternative was to cut precious health
care in the face of a $5.6 billion deficit the Conservatives had hidden.
"That shows you the kind of leader Dalton McGuinty is," Sorbara said.
"He wanted to use that uninterrupted time to be accountable, open and
honest with Ontarians."
While McGuinty stood up for publicly funded education and public health
care in strong exchanges with his opponents, he seized opportunities to speak
directly to Ontarians.
"It's a rare chance to visit Ontarians in their living rooms, and Dalton
took the opportunity to speak with honesty and humility about the things
Ontarians care about, including health care, education and the economy, our
record of our achievement, and our plan for the future," Sorbara said.
"When the others were trying to score political points, the Premier was
connecting with Ontario families. In that sense, the debate was just the next
step in an election campaign which has seen him standing up for better
publicly funded schools and health care, and the others attacking him
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