Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 26, 2007 14:29 ET

NDP's Murray Welcomes McGuinty Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2007) -

NDP Candidate Will Murray is welcoming Dalton McGuinty back to Ottawa.

"Dalton McGuinty is spending an afternoon trying to regain ground in his hometown - but even his own MPPs say he's let them down," said Murray.

- Outgoing veteran MPP Richard Patten expressed his views earlier this year: "I bring this up all the time, that it's the government of Toronto, not the government of Ontario." (The Ottawa Citizen, Thursday, March 15, 2007).

- McGuinty candidates like Jim Watson are scrambling not to mention their Leader: "Watson's campaign ads, including a strategically placed billboard inside Carlingwood Mall, carry the slogan "Re-elect a good MPP." There's not much mention of the Liberal party, Premier Dalton McGuinty or the fact that Watson is a cabinet minister in the current government. In an ad in a community newspaper, the Liberal party emblem was about four millimetres high and one centimetre wide, rendering the faces that are part of the logo almost microscopic and the word "Ontario" invisible." (Ottawa Citizen, September 15, 2007)

Hardly surprising, given McGuinty's track record for Ottawa:

- In 2006, Ottawa received $6 million in Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) grants, or approximately 3% of social program expenditures. Toronto received $34.9 million in OMPF grants, representing 6% of its social program costs. City of Ottawa (Long-Range Financial Plan III 2006, p.vi)

- Yesterday, Ottawa-area post-secondary students rallied at McGuinty's local office to demand tuition relief. Donnie Northrup, 19, expects he'll be $25,000 to $45,000 in debt by the time he finishes his studies. He wants to pursue an MA in environmental law. "That's not a good economic outlook," said the third-year Carleton University student. "But that's the reality of today." (Ottawa Sun, September, 25, 2007)

- The Ottawa Carleton School Board is still making classroom cuts and struggling to balance it's books. "Two years ago, the board used all its reserves to get by. This year, the province even sent in outside experts to help the board balance its budget. Couldn't be done, so the government gave the board special permission to run a deficit. The board still had to cut $15.7 million, most of that classroom instruction." (Ottawa Citizen, September 13, 2007)

The McGuinty Liberals promised change for Ottawa but their record shows they haven't delivered.

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