While it was not a breaking story that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will resign before the next Ontario elections, it was a shocking news when he announced on Oct 15th that he is resigning as a Premier of the province and as the leader of the Liberal Party.
“After 16 years as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and after nine years as premier, it’s time for renewal, it’s time for the next Liberal premier,” McGuinty said.
“It’s time for the next set of Liberal ideas to guide our province forward.”
The 57-year-old McGuinty was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1990 and became Liberal leader six years later.
He has also prorogued the Ontario legislature, halting all legislature business to the utter “disappointment” of the Opposition.
So far the names thrown out for Ontario Liberal leadership are Health Minister Deb Matthews, Energy Minister Chris Bentley Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, Children and Youth Services Minister Eric Hoskins, Training Colleges and Universities Minister Glen Murray, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Charles Sousa, and party president YasirNaqvi, the Ottawa Centre MPP..
Health Minister Deb Matthews has had to face tough questions from the Opposition about Ornge scandal.
Energy Minister Chris Bentley is, or should we say was, facing contempt charges by the Legislature over the disclosure issue of moving gas plant from Mississauga before it was prorogued on Monday.