Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 21, 2007 12:41 ET

FORTRESS McGUINTY: Rattled Liberals Duck Local Debates

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2007) - For a lot of Ontarians, last night's televised leadership debate was the first chance they have been offered to hear a Liberal candidate in debate in this campaign.

Across the province, Liberal candidates are ducking out of local debates - in some cases after having confirmed with organizers and voters that they would be there. Ontarians are right to wonder: why don't the McGuinty Liberals want to defend their record?

Some examples:

"For me it was a huge disappointment. We had a roomful of people and an empty podium. What does that say? It came across like the Liberals are not interested in what we immigrants have to say." - student Leo Johnson speaking at the forum at Hamilton's Liuna Station which Liberal candidates failed to attend, The Hamilton Spectator, September 13, 2007

"Evelyne Myrie, co-chair of HCCI, voiced her 'disappointment' to the audience that the Liberal candidates did not attend their hour-and-a-half session. 'We came out, leaving our families this morning," said Ms. Myrie. "That is a political statement. It's a slap in the face. Would you agree?' " - Evelyne Myrie of the Hamilton's Centre for Civic Inclusion quoted in the Ancaster News, September 14, 2007 speaking at the organization's September 8th all-party information session.

Since the campaign has begun, McGuinty Liberals David Caplan and Tony Ruprecht have notably ducked out of the televised debates being broadcast on Rogers Television in the Greater Toronto Area.

And in the first week of the campaign, Dalton McGuinty declined a challenge by Howard Hampton to debate the issues facing Northern Ontario.

Public debate may be the life-blood of democracy, but running from their record is what's really at the heart of the McGuinty Liberal campaign.

If the McGuinty Liberals are already this afraid to defend their record, how can they expect working Ontarians to trust them for another four years?

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