John Tory wins debate

    Tory bests flat performance of McGuinty

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - John Tory secured a clear victory over Dalton
McGuinty and Howard Hampton in tonight's Leaders' Debate.
    Tory impressed viewers with his grasp of the issues, his vision for a
better Ontario and his charismatic performance. On issues ranging from
education to health-care, the economy to the environment, Tory commanded
respect with his knowledgeable, inspired, and compelling presentation of his
hopes for the province.
    "At this moment in the campaign, we are thrilled to see our leader
deliver a decisive victory in the debate," said Harry Near, Campaign Co-Chair.
"We are certain our candidates across the province will be emboldened by this
performance and energized on the campaign trail."
    Tory demonstrated that he is ready to become Ontario's premier by
hammering on the importance of clear, strong and principled leaderships.
Tory's decisive victory was characterized by his refusal to allow McGuinty off
on his broken promises and his mismanagement of Ontario's economy. Tory said
to McGuinty in the debate, "We are playing a diminished role today because you
have allowed on your watch for us to slip down in so many ways. You've let us
    Tory showed viewers that he is on the same page as Ontarians. He said
people in the province want leaders, not politicians. Plus, they want leaders
to be straight with them - and to keep their word. He spoke of his vision for
a truly accountable government - one that speaks truthfully about taxes and
operates by clear, transparent rules.
    "Tonight's victory is decisive and puts the PC Party in great shape for
the final three weeks of the campaign," said Near. "John Tory showed Ontarians
tonight that he is ready to lead the PC Party into government."

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