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Dalton McGuinty

Ontario’s 24th Premier

Dalton McGuinty, the twenty-fourth premier of Ontario, served from 2003 to 2013 — the first Liberal to serve three successive terms as premier of the province in over a century. Inheriting a province wounded from years of cutbacks and divisive politics, McGuinty led Ontario through a deep recession and a challenging shift away from a manufacturing-based economy. Moving boldly, he initiated a major rebuilding of the province’s schools and hospitals as well as a transformation of its transportation and energy infrastructure.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Making a Difference Delivering a frank look at his years in power, McGuinty offers insight into major issues, like the closing of the coal-fired electricity plants, the HST, full-day kindergarten, and the two cancelled Ontario Hydro gas plants. Perpetually underestimated by both his opponents and the media, he prevailed through a mix of sheer determination and political shrewdness, becoming the longest-serving Liberal leader in Ontario in over a century. In this presentation, McGuinty shares the valuable lessons he has learned along the way about leadership and the limitations and expectations for political leaders in the twenty-first century.

Summary Profile

McGuinty was Ontario’s 24th Premier, first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1990. He became Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in 1996 and led his party to a majority government in 2003. He was re-elected to a second majority government in October, 2007. In 2011, he led the Ontario Liberal Party to a historic third mandate — the first time a Liberal Premier has done so in 125 years. One of ten children in a close family, he credits his parents with teaching him the values and ethics that guide him as Premier. Before entering politics, McGuinty practised law in Ottawa. He met his wife, Terri when they were both high school students in Ottawa. They have been married since 1980 and have four grown children. He is now the special advisor the president of Desire2Learn, and a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance.