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Speaker(s) : Dalton McGuinty
Recorded on 19 May 2008 at Shaw Library, Old Building
He led his party to a second-consecutive majority government in October 2007 and is Ontario7s 24th Premier. He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1990 in Ottawa South and has been re-elected four times. During his years as a backbench MPP, he served as a critic for energy, colleges and universities, native affairs and the environment. In 1996, Dalton McGuinty was elected leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. His first election campaign as leader was in 1999, when the Liberal party received 40 per cent of the popular vote, winning 35 seats and adding nine new caucus members. In the general election of 2003, Dalton McGuinty7s Liberals formed the government, taking 72 seats with 47 per cent of the vote. Premier McGuinty7s campaign to build a stronger Ontario for a stronger Canada led the country7s leading newsmagazine, Maclean7s, to call him 7Mr. Ontario.7