Tim Peterson to run as PC candidate in next election

    Cites Tory's leadership as he leaves Liberal Caucus to sit as Independent

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 29 /CNW/ - MPP Tim Peterson today joined Ontario PC
Party Leader John Tory to announce the Mississauga South MPP will run for the
PC Party in the next election.
    "My decision was not an easy one. I knew that our government and I were
not in agreement and my first instinct was to not run in October," Peterson
said, citing several issues of concern to him, including energy policy and
getting a fair share for Peel/Mississauga. "Fortunately I have known John Tory
for several years and it was easy to establish a dialogue about these issues.
    "His quick grasp of the issues that concerned me and the people of
Mississauga South was not only encouraging, it was invigorating," said
Peterson. "In my discussions with John, I also became aware of what a decent,
caring, humourous and charismatic person he is. In short, a natural leader. A
leader who is not afraid to bring together the best and the brightest minds in
Ontario to help manage Ontario's $90 billion budget. He is one of the best and
    Peterson will sit as an independent MPP until the end of the current
session of the Legislature.
    "I am delighted to welcome Tim Peterson to our team for the October
election," said Tory. "I am absolutely convinced that his record in business,
community service and in representing his constituents will allow him to be an
excellent PC candidate. I am also confident I will be able to find for him, as
a candidate and ultimately as a member of our Caucus, an opportunity to
continue to build on his already considerable contribution to the public life
of Ontario."

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For further information: Brendan Howe, (416) 325-0412

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