Premier Dalton McGuinty is pleading for understanding from Ontario residents
after his first 10 months in office.
The premier yesterday defended the decisions his government has made,
which included violating a pledge not to raise taxes and
to balance the provincial budget within a year, because of
the $6-billion deficit his party inherited from the Conservatives in
McGuinty said good things the government has done have got
lost in the debate, including hiring 2,400 more nurses and
1,100 elementary school teachers and committing more cash to heart
procedures, knee and hip replacements and radiation treatment for cancer
"I think we've done some really good things," the premier
told reporters after speaking at a luncheon at Liuna Gardens
"People are entitled to know they are getting some results
as a result of our activities over the last 10
months ... Leaders are suppose to lead. It doesn't mean
you lead in the direction people are anxious to go
in. They send me up to the crow's nest ...
to get the best view of the situation and make
About 150 people, mostly local Liberals, came out to hear
the premier speak about the government's record. Hamilton Mayor Larry
Di Ianni, Grimsby Mayor Bob Bentley and newly elected Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
MP Russ Power were on hand for the visit, which
is part of a tour McGuinty plans across Ontario in
the next month. Source.