Dalton's very bad week

    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Week One of the 2007 Ontario General Election
Campaign was a rough one for Dalton McGuinty. You might even say it was a
"turkey," being capped off as it was, with Dalton McGuinty's being bestowed
with the first "Turkey Award" from the Ottawa Citizen. (September 15, 2007)
    Feeling the heat, Dalton McGuinty has spent the week in the bubble,
earning himself a banner headline of "No Comment" in the Hamilton Spectator.
(September 13, 2007)
    He claimed that John Tory's plan for public education was a threat to the
economy - ignoring the fact that every province in Canada that funds
faith-based schools is projected to have greater economic growth than Ontario.
    He admitted there has been a net loss of thousands of jobs in
Northern Ontario under his government. But when Northerners wanted to ask him
about his plans to improve fortunes in the North, Dalton McGuinty accused them
of being "pessimistic." 
    Then there were all the visits to the schools. The Peterborough Examiner
reported that a visit to Kenner Collegiate by Jeff Leal and Michael Bryant
violated the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board's policy on political
activity in the classroom. (September 12, 2007) Dalton McGuinty's own visit to
I.E. Weldon High School in Lindsay on Tuesday appears to have broken the
Trillium Lakelands District School Board policy prohibiting individual
candidates from campaigning on school property during school time.
    How about that train Dalton McGuinty "announced" yesterday? Sorry, he
announced "discussions" about a train that may or may not be built several
years from now that may or may not be subsidized by Dalton McGuinty and that
may or may not be purchased by Dalton McGuinty for the GO train system and
that may or may not create jobs in Northern Ontario. (Globe and Mail,
September 15, 2007)
    And finally this week, Liberal MPP Jim Watson appears to have decided
Dalton McGuinty is doing more harm than good and dropped references to him
from his campaign materials. Of Watson's ads, the Ottawa Citizen reports,
"There's not much mention of the Liberal party, Premier Dalton McGuinty or the
fact that Watson is a cabinet minister in the current government." (September
15, 2007)
    But it's worse than that. Jim Watson is willing to publish a photograph
of himself with disgraced Dalton McGuinty cabinet minister Harinder Takhar
(the only cabinet minister ever found to have broken the Members' Integrity
Act) but no photos of Jim Watson and Dalton McGuinty.

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