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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty resigns, prorogues legislature

1. The Legislature has been prorogued. 2. Dalton McGuinty is resigning as premier and party leader


Ontario Premier McGuinty resigns, prorogues legislature

At an emergency caucus meeting on Monday evening, the Premier of Ontario made two surprise announcements in this order: 1. The Legislature has been prorogued. 2. He is resigning as premier and party leader. Reporters and politicians were caught off guard by the announcements:

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine · Mon, Oct 15 2012 15:55:06

A buzz in the gov’t caucus room in anticipation of remarks from @Dalton_McGuinty at 6:15 #sl http://pic.twitter.com/beqaNj40Steven D’Souza
McGuinty’s stepping down, I bet you anything. #throwinthechipsAmy Zhou
RT @CPnewsboy: Liberal caucus and media await @Dalton_McGuinty and his surprise announcement? #onpoli http://pic.twitter.com/NyOzcgkXMax B. Rubin
Seats reserved — allegedly for @Dalton_McGuinty family members — at Liberal caucus. #onpoli http://pic.twitter.com/mtMWRt4E Robert Benzie
.@Dalton_McGuinty with wife Terri. #onpoli http://pic.twitter.com/q70Ig6nd Robert Benzie
Online speculation is dalton Mcguinty will stand down. No official word yet #tbayJeff Labine
And finally @Dalton_McGuinty arrives at his caucus mtg. #onpoli http://pic.twitter.com/hKH4vcSlRob Ferguson
Standing ovation for @Dalton_McGuinty as he enters caucus room with his wife #sl http://pic.twitter.com/d70GLcooSteven D’Souza
McGuinty starts talking about his history with party….the suspense continues #sl http://pic.twitter.com/dewrEnc9Steven D’Souza
.@Dalton_McGuinty says it’s time "to talk about the next step we need to take together." #onpoli #voteon http://pic.twitter.com/b6MPPfIi Robert Benzie
"We’ve always gotten the big things right" McGuinty addressing emergency caucus meeting #onpoli http://pic.twitter.com/RJEcCvouAshley Csanady
This is the most boring ‘breaking news’ that I’ve even seen. Say something McGuinty!Erik R. Adler
Premier McGuinty prorogues the house in Ontario.Mike Villeneuve
And then … the news: 
Premier Dalton McGuinty resignsToronto Star
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has just announced his resignationMaclean’s Magazine
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty resigns . McGuinty says he has asked Lt.-Gov. to prorogue legislature.CBC News Alerts
Oh snap! Ontario’s premier Dalton McGuinty has resigned.Izabela
Dalton McGuinty, oh man.Michael Desjardins
McGuinty will speak to reporters at 8:30 p.m. Keep watch on our site for continuining coverage of this story. 


Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty resigns, prorogues legislature

  1. Resigning was probably the best thing strategy-wise. But did he pro-rogue over the Bentley docs? if so I am upset.

  2. So long, Squinty McGuinty! Don’t let Parliment’s door hit you in the ass on your way out!

  3. maybe we will get lucky and Duncan Donuts will resign next and we can bring back the racing industry in Windsor and Windsor Raceway slots

  4. How long until he launches his federal Liberal leadership bid?

    • I would have found that suggestion incredible… until he was so coy during his press conference when he was asked about the federal leadership. My political instincts aren’t what they used to be I guess.

      • Timing speaks volumes. Why else would he resign now? Kinsella’s already hinting at it.

        • Because he was about to get his ass handed to him in Ontario? (And, I can’t imagine a federal run being any more successful…)

          • We thought he would get his ass handed to him a year ago. I’m not sure the situation a year later is significantly worse for him. Hudak’s still his opponent.

          • You could very well be right… I did throw that ‘political instincts’ caveat in there a few comments ago… ; )

  5. I’m sorry to hear that, but he said he’d resign this term before the last election, so it’s not surprising.

    I thank him for his accomplishments and wish him well.

  6. Hmmmm…I think I’ll have pork chops for dinner tonight, and then maybe resign. No! I think I’ll have the pasta.

  7. Another “crook”that is off to pasture with his pockets full?.?

  8. Dalton McGuinty is an evil elite. After the global economic crisis started, he should have made some rational cuts to the expenditures of Ontario. McGuinty declined any cuts in order to stay in power for another term. Today the government is swamped by debt while the credit rate was downgraded by Wall Street, which will increase costs to taxpayers. This is the Legacy of Jeanny’s Boy: French-Canadian political and economic irrationalism.
    We do not want another French-Canadian Prime Minister for a very long time.
    Vote for Stephen Harper and Conservatism.
    God bless Canada and the Canadian People.