Ontario Party Leader Steps Down
Ontario Premier Dalton McGinty shocked his constituency by suddenly stepping down on Monday, citing a need for “new blood” in leadership.
McGinty, 57, was first voted into the legislature in 1990, becoming its Liberal head in 1996, which led to the Ontario Premier job in 2003. He has requested that the party call a leadership convention as soon as possible, but has stated he will remain as premier until a replacement is found.
The unexpected announcement garnered congratulations and well-wishes from other Canadian politicians, including the mayor of Toronto and the Prime Minister, both of whom wished him well.
Along with his resignation, McGinty requested that the legislature be prorogued, enabling the government to work on important public sector wage issues. “Our top priority these days is, of course, the economy,” he said.
While opposing politicians thanked McGinty for his service, they also questioned his priorities and asked him to reconsider the prorogue. Tim Hudak, leader of the Progessive Conservative Party stated, “We just can’t simply close the doors and lock them up at this crucial point in our history.” McGinty defended the decision.
McGinty said that he and his wife had not made any plans for the future.