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February

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    Serving as Premier has been a tremendous honour. This really is the greatest province in the best country in the world. Thank you.
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    Congratulations to Kathleen Wynne and her new cabinet. We're proud to say the future is in good hands. All the best.

January

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    After nine years as Premier, 16 years as Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and 22 years as the MPP for Ottawa South, this tremendous journey is coming to an end. Here is Premier Dalton McGuinty's message to Ontarians as we move forward into this period of renewal.
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    Photos: Ontario companies are celebrating $800 million in new partnerships that will improve the quality of life for residents of both jurisdictions as the Premier's fourth trade mission to China wraps up.
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    Video: Premier Dalton McGuinty visited the Panda Base in Chengdu on his trade mission. Two giant pandas from China will arrive at The Toronto Zoo in May.
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    A highlight of the trip so far was spending time at the Panda Base in Chengdu. The Panda Base is a non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife research and conservation. Two Giant Pandas — one from Chengdu and one from Chongquin — are set to arrive at the Toronto Zoo this coming May. We look forward to welcoming Er Shun and Da Mao!
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    Premier McGuinty talks about the mission so far, en route to Nanjing, China this morning: http://bit.ly/1074jeN
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    Premier Dalton McGuinty tweeted this photo, saying: Great company on the train from Shanghai to Nanjing this morning. Learning more by the mile.
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    Premier Dalton McGuinty is in China this week leading a delegation on a trade mission to promote Ontario companies and strengthen ties with our second-largest trading partner. Here are photos from the mission so far:
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    Video: Premier Dalton McGuinty hits the ice with the Shanghai Thunderbirds.
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    Shanghai success! Ontario businesses signed $457 million in contracts this morning. Congrats to all.
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    Far from home, but it still feels like home. Great skating with the Shanghai Thunderbirds minor hockey association today. Premier Dalton McGuinty was glad to have this chance to share the sport we love with Chinese youth and their families as they kick off their season. Comprised of expat players living in Shanghai, current and past roster nations represent Canada, the U.S., Sweden, France, Taiwan, Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan, Korea and China. The league, led by experienced Canadian coaches, trains using Hockey Canada guidelines.
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    Yesterday, the Premier announced Ontario is closing down coal-fired electricity one year earlier than planned, and growing the greenbelt so we can all breathe a little easier: http://youtu.be/H8cSOXn2q38
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    On Tuesday, the Premier announced $10M to help reduce wait times at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa: http://youtu.be/MGDQTlmcOVg
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    About to leave for China, our second largest trading partner. Strengthening relationships there, and building opportunity here.
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    Today, we have greater certainty in education, thanks to the decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). Leaders of the elementary teachers’ union have advised their members to be in class today. In the rush of events, there may still be some students who miss a day of learning, because parents and school board officials went to bed last night not knowing what to expect. The threatened job action introduced a lot of uncertainty into the lives of young families. We want to thank them for their patience and resilience. The good news is everyone now has clarity on the issue. And we’re pleased to say that, this morning, OSSTF advised us they will not proceed with their job action next week. We want to thank the ETFO and OSSTF leadership for acting responsibly in the face of the OLRB ruling. This ruling from the OLRB also puts the remaining questions around Bill 115 squarely in the sphere of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the legislation. Teachers’ unions can make their case there, and so will we. And that’s as it should be. In the meantime, there’s an opportunity to begin laying the groundwork for more productive negotiations next time. Resuming extracurricular activities would be an encouraging step forward. Putting students in the middle of a dispute undermines goals we all share: We all want Ontario schools to be great places to learn and great places to work.
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    When we came to government in 2003, we decided to stop burning coal and to protect more green space to help clean our air. We created the Greenbelt in 2005 to protect an area bigger than Prince Edward Island. Today, we’re adding the province’s Glenorchy lands in Oakville to grow the Greenbelt’s protected area to two million acres. We’re also announcing the shut-down of the last coal plants in southern Ontario by the end of 2013, a year earlier than planned. By the end of 2014, Ontario will be one of the first places in the world to eliminate coal for energy production. This is the single biggest action to fight climate change in North America. This means more kids can exchange puffers for soccer balls, and fewer seniors will have to sit inside instead of strolling in the sunshine. Thanks to the conservation efforts of Ontarians, we can all breathe a little easier.
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    As parents, we hope we will never have a reason to visit CHEO -- Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario but it’s always comforting to know it’s here when we need it. We have the confidence and comfort that comes from knowing our kids are in the hands of skilled health professionals, state-of-the-art facilities and caring, compassionate people. Our government is partnering with CHEO to improve its Day Care Surgery and Post Anaesthetic Care units. These new units will help the hospital perform up to 2,200 additional operations annually — an increase of up to 29%. This investment is part of ongoing efforts to help CHEO reduce wait times. Since 2008, wait times at CHEO for complex patients have decreased from 8 to 6.4 hours. Wait-times for non-complex patients have decreased from 5.5 to 3.9 hours. Nine years ago our government stepped in to ensure CHEO would remain the hub for children’s health care in eastern Ontario. And we’re pleased to partner with CHEO to make even more improvements for children’s health.
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    As of today, we have a path forward for new contracts covering all teachers and support staff across Ontario that meet the province’s fiscal targets while protecting the classroom for students. The Putting Students First Act was introduced to ensure that we maintain the progress we've made in our schools and minimize labour disruption. The act has now accomplished this goal and we will move to repeal it before the end of the month. By working together, we can continue to make Ontario schools among the best in the world.
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    Today Premier Dalton McGuinty sent an open letter to Ontario teachers.
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    Happy New Year Ontario! Best wishes for a safe and happy 2013.

December

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    Public sector workers across Ontario have persevered at the negotiating table to produce agreements that recognize the province’s fiscal situation and protect jobs and public services. Our government has been committed to the negotiating process and wherever we’ve had willing partners, results have followed -- over 90,000 public sector workers have reached negotiated pay freezes. Our preference is and has always been negotiated agreements with our public sector partners. But as we stated in the budget, if voluntary agreements were not possible, we would move ahead with mandatory ones. Faced with a stubborn deficit caused by the global recession, we choose to protect public services and jobs.
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    Keeping class sizes small and protecting teaching jobs. Tomorrow is negotiating deadline for teachers.
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    Hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Christmas, wrapped in the joy of the season. Happy holidays!
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    Wishing Ontario families happy holidays. And safe travels if you’re out visiting loved ones this season.
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    It’s been a difficult week for parents with the news of the tragic events in the U.S. When parents send their kids off to school, they’re putting their trust in us. In 2005, we launched the Safe Welcome Program. It provided funding for security devices such as a buzzer system and security cameras to protect schools from intruders. Today, we’re re-opening the Safe Welcome Program for applications to support all our elementary schools in keeping a locked-door policy while students are in class. And already in Ontario, all schools are required to work with police to develop and maintain lockdown procedures. They conduct drills at least twice a year. It’s up to us to take all reasonable steps to protect our kids, and locking elementary schools doors is a reasonable step. School safety is an important part of our plan to make our schools better places to learn.
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    Here's Premier Dalton McGuinty's statement on safety in our schools. Thank you to all who keep our children safe.
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    Great to stop by SickKids Hospital to drop off some video games & consoles to help kids explore their imaginations.
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    Great to stop by Sick Kids Hospital to drop off some video games & consoles to help kids explore their imaginations.
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    It’s always a pleasure to hear the wonderful OPS holiday choir. It’s such a great way to cap off the year and really gets us looking forward to the Christmas break. Thank you for sharing your musical talents.
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    Norma invited us into her lovely home this morning. It’s clear she’s young at heart and eager to do what she can to stay active. As Ontario’s population ages, seniors want to live independently longer. And we want to do everything we can to help them. One way is by ensuring that when they get sick, they can quickly access services they need to get well again. Today we're pleased to announce our agreement with Ontario’s Medical Association includes a plan to expand house call services. We’re investing $10 million to help Ontarians get the medical care they need at home, where they’re most comfortable. This is the right thing to do for patients and seniors. It will help reduce hospital admissions, relieve pressure on nursing homes and help patients recently discharged from hospital stay healthy and avoid readmission. At a time when we’re making the most of health care dollars, house calls simply make sense. We’re working to provide the right care, at the right time and in the right place.
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    Thanks to everyone at Queen’s Park for bringing the wonderful tradition of Chanukah to the legislature. As Ontario families across the province light the menorah this Chanukah, may the warmth and glow of each candle make your home happy, your Chanukah bright and bring us all together. Have a very happy and joyous Chanukah.
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    There’s one tradition we're going to miss especially, and that’s decorating the Christmas tree outside Premier Dalton McGuinty's office with some wonderful little helpers. Every year, Terri joins the Premier at the office and they take a few moments to visit with the kids from the Queen’s Park Daycare and spread a little Christmas cheer.
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    Thanks to all those who participated in the annual Ontario Public Service Toy Drive. Another great success. So many more kids across Ontario will have the feeling we once had as a child of opening a present on Christmas morning.
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    Last month, Premier Dalton McGuinty bet Alberta’s Premier Alison Redford that the Toronto Argonauts Football Club would win the Grey Cup. We each wagered 100 items of warm clothing to be donated to the shelter of our choice. But when we help out in our communities, everybody wins. So we decided we’d both make a donation. This morning, I was glad to hold up my end of the deal and drop off 100 items of warm clothing to the Red Door Family Shelter in Toronto. Thanks to Toronto Argos player Joe Eppele and everyone came to help make the delivery. And thanks to all the staff and volunteers at Red Door for all you do to help families in our community.
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    Here are some more photos of the Premier, Terri and the children who stopped by to help decorate the tree yesterday: http://www.flickr.com/photos/premierphotos/sets/72157632184139653/
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    Yesterday, Premier Dalton McGuinty was in his hometown of Ottawa talking about the next steps towards building our new Light Rail Transit system.
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    Here’s the Premier's statement on the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario’s one-day strike action:
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    This morning Terri and the Premier decorated the tree at Queen’s Park with some help from our little friends.
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    This morning Premier Dalton McGuinty was in his hometown of Ottawa talking about the next steps towards building our new Light Rail Transit system. Back in 2009, our government made a commitment to invest up to $600 million to construct it. That’s the largest, single provincial investment in transit infrastructure in the City of Ottawa’s history. About 80% of employment generated from this project will be local — around 20,000 jobs. It will make the Ottawa region a more attractive place to work, visit and invest. This is all part of our government’s larger infrastructure plan. Since 2003, we’ve invested about $75 billion around the province to build schools, hospitals, roads, bridges and public transit systems. As we continue to navigate a tough global economy, infrastructure investments — like this one — are more important than ever. It means more jobs for our families, a more vibrant city for the people of Ottawa, and a stronger economy here in Ontario.

November

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    This time of year, especially, we all try to look for ways to make a difference. The spirit of the holidays helps us open our hearts to families and communities who don’t have the same opportunities we enjoy here. That’s what this amazing Ontarian has done with Pencils For Kids.
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    During Premier Dalton McGuinty's 22 years in public life, he has always been inspired by the loving commitment made by the older generations to work hard to build a bright future for the younger ones. We see it in the eyes and actions of families every day. He believes this inter-generational commitment has been the foundation for human progress. Since the dawn of humanity, we have wanted to build a better, safer, happier world for our children. And in our time, education — public education for all our children — has become the cornerstone of our shared effort to build that bright future. Today the Premier was at the Learning Partnership Education Summit. He spoke in detail about the progress we have made together in Ontario education. He talked about how we have gone from a good system of public education to a great one, why we need to go from great to excellent, and how we can achieve that excellence. Ontario’s progress since 2003 has been remarkable. It wasn’t easy. It’s taken a lot of discipline to stay the course. We're very proud of our government’s commitment to education — the dollars we’ve invested, the innovative programs we have developed. Our effort has been relentless. We need to go beyond high standards in reading, writing and math. We need to reach higher by fully embracing higher order skills, like creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, passion, empathy and leadership. We'll be looking at new ways to integrate higher order skills into Ontario's curriculum. Our kids will need to be highly proficient in all these skills if they are to find the success and happiness we hope for them. Ontario schools have gone from good to great. Now we need to go from great to excellent, together.
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    Every year an army of 100,000 graduates joins our workforce. We need more of these graduates to ask “Who am I going to hire”, instead of “Who’s going to hire me?” We need all of our colleges, universities and apprenticeship programs to do more to nurture the creativity and entrepreneurialism of our young people. That’s where we stand to make real gains towards a brighter future for all of us. We’ve talked about how to ensure young people with great ideas get the funding they need to develop their innovative ideas. Well, the next part of that conversation is around the relatively new idea out there called crowdfunding. It’s about entrepreneurs with exciting ideas raising small amounts of money from many people, online. It’s about turning donors into investors. And it’s an idea whose time has come. We’re going to work with the Ontario Securities Commission to make this happen in Ontario.
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    A pleasure to be in Windsor to name the busy Windsor Essex Parkway after one of Canada’s most popular politicians and one of Windsor’s proudest sons – the Right Honourable Herb Gray. It’s a fitting tribute to name a major roadway after him because he helped drive so much positive change. Herb Gray served our country to strengthen trade with our greatest partner and ally, the United States, and now this Parkway will be a gateway between our two nations. He worked his entire career to bring jobs to his hometown and construction of the parkway is supporting and creating about 12,000 jobs for families in the Windsor area, too. The new parkway will help families get safely to where they are going. We're glad this Parkway will always live up to its name.
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    A pleasure to speak at the Canadian Council of Public-Private Partnerships this afternoon. We are proud of all we’ve accomplished together. We’ve built the infrastructure that makes our communities and economy run the way they should. It’s central to our quality of life. In 2003, when we came to government, infrastructure in Ontario was overstretched, under-maintained and showing its years. We knew we had to fix it because we’d be passing on even more significant costs down the road if we did nothing. Here’s what we did: we invested in 23 new hospitals, built over 500 new schools, built or are rebuilding more than 828 bridges and 6,700km of roads across the province. Since 2003, we’ve invested $75 billion in infrastructure. That’s more than the previous two governments combined. This year alone, we’re investing $13 billion. We’ve built impressive structures that will stand the test of time. Strong, reliable infrastructure will, in turn, allow Ontarians to build a brighter future for Ontario.
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    The Premier's kids joke “Dalton McGuinty: The Wild Years” would be the shortest book ever written. But Doreen Hayes has a story with many exciting chapters. She is an amazing Ontarian, now in her 80s, who shows no signs of slowing down. She’s a quick-witted entertainer and teacher who simply loves to dance. Like many active seniors today, she is redefining what it means to get older. Seniors are living independently, and retiring later. In fact, when it comes to Doreen, she says she never wants to retire at all.
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    100th Grey Cup bet with Premier Alison Redford is on. Let's go Argos! When the Toronto Argonauts Football Club win, Premier Redford's donation of 100 warm clothing items will benefit Red Door Family Shelter.
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    A pleasure to speak at the Ontario Nurses' Association’s conference this morning. Premier Dalton McGuinty was there with a very important message for our Ontario nurses – thank you. Our nurses care for our loved ones, protect our health, and help improve and sustain universal health care. Our government has been proud to work with Ontario nurses since 2003. We wanted to make Ontario the best place in North America to be a nurse. Since 2003, we have 15,000 more nurses working in Ontario with over two thirds of them full-time. Together, we’re ensuring public health care is there for our children and their children.
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    For many families, the Santa Claus Parade is the kick-off to the holiday season. Check out the Santa Claus Parade photos we’ve collected from 17 communities across Ontario — from Meaford to Kingston to Niagara Falls. When Santa Claus comes to your town, we hope you’ll get out for the parade and maybe even some hot chocolate afterwards. Best wishes as we head into the holiday season.

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