Dalton McGuinty Loses Debate

    McGuinty's listless performance underwhelms Ontarians

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - Dalton McGuinty failed to offer Ontarians any
reason for his re-election in tonight's Leaders' Debate.
    McGuinty was clearly unable to escape his record of broken promises.
Ontarians value leaders who keep their word; McGuinty could not square his
record in government with his promises on the campaign trail in the last
election. Ontarians were only left to wonder which promises they could believe
from McGuinty in this election.
    The worst stumble of McGuinty's evening of misadventure was when he said,
"Have we lost jobs, you bet we have!"
    "McGuinty has tried to campaign in a bubble," said Harry Near, Campaign
Co-Chair. "Tonight, when not protected by his handlers or the safe confines of
his bus, McGuinty couldn't hide. Ontarians saw a performance that offered no
hope, no vision, only excuses."
    McGuinty was not helped by the fact he got several basic facts wrong in
the debate. For example, McGuinty said he had no choice but to break his
promise not to raise taxes because there was a deficit when he came to office.
In reality, McGuinty knew there was a deficit when he made the promise. After
he received the report from Auditor General Erik Peters, he repeated his
promise to not raise taxes several times, including just three weeks before he
brought in the budget that broke the centerpiece promise of his 2003 election

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