What People Are Saying: Reaction to the Ontario Leaders Debate

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - "You heard it here first: a Liberal Majority on October 6, 2011. Hudak, you blew a 10% lead and your party will need a new leader."  -Tarek Fatah, Newstalk 1010

"McGuinty defended himself solidly under fire."  - Barry McLoughlin, communications advisor to Conservative ministers

"Experience matters and experience showed tonight.  The Premier spoke at a completely different level... I'm not sure Mr. Hudak once mentioned the world beyond Ontario's borders... The Premier's experience was on great display." - Jim Coyle, Toronto Star

"[I] declare McGuinty the debate winner." - Ken Gray, Ottawa Citizen

"McGuinty held his own." - Jeff Ferrier, NDP advisor

"None of [Horwath's] plans make a lick of sense." - Kelly McParland, National Post

"McGuinty largely held his ground against attacks from Horwath and Hudak."  - CBC News

"McGuinty was really strong when defending the HST." - Steve Ladurantaye, Globe and Mail

"If experience matters, experience showed tonight, and the Premier spoke at a different level than [the others]....He's one of the elder statesmen of the Canadian federation now." - Jim Coyle, Toronto Star

"I was kind of disappointed in Horwath.  I had high hopes, but she was kind of disappointing overall."  - Matt Gurney, National Post

"The big advantage Dalton McGuinty had was the big picture.  He brought up the global economy more times than we could count, brought up Ontario's relationship with Ottawa, the health accord, the global economy..." - Huffington Post

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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