Fourth year of governing more crucial than first three combined, says Dalton McGuinty, tougher as partisanship spikes
By Samantha Wright Allen Nov. 28, 2018
Panellists at the Pearson Centre’s Year 4 conference say campaigns kick into high gear, and the ex-premier says governing is like a ‘political straitjacket.’
Former Liberal Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty speaks at the Year 4 Conference put on by the Pearson Centre in Ottawa on Nov. 26. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Parliament’s challenge in the last year of the Liberal mandate will be “to govern despite ourselves” and avoid the “toxicity that has taken over much of political debate” as all parties turn to election readiness, says NDP MP Nathan Cullen.
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