The Ontario Liberals plan to pay tribute to Dalton McGuinty at the party convention. The Globe and Mail takes a look at McGuinty's time in politics.
Sept. 6, 1990
Dalton McGuinty gets elected to the Ontario legislature for the first time at age 35 in the provincial election, winning a seat in Ottawa South that had been held by his father, Dalton Sr. The seat had been vacant since March of that year when Mr. McGuinty Sr. died while shovelling snow from the deck of his Ottawa home. He was 64.
Dec. 1, 1996
Mr. McGuinty is elected Liberal leader, following a gruelling overnight contest where he went from fourth place on the first ballot to overtake favourite Gerard Kennedy on the fifth and final ballot.
June 3, 1999
The Progressive Conservative government under Mike Harris wins a second term in office in the provincial election.
Oct. 2, 2003
Voters give a sweeping mandate to the Liberals under Dalton McGuinty, ending eight years of tax cuts and spending freezes. The Liberals win 72 of the legislature’s 103 seats at the time.
Oct. 10, 2007
Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals cruise to a second majority on a crest of anxiety over faith-based schools, becoming only the second Liberal Premier in the province’s history to win back-to-back majorities in 60 years.
Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty waves to supporters at his Ontario election night headquarters in Ottawa on Oct. 6, 2011. CHRIS WATTIE
Oct. 6, 2011
Voters hand Dalton McGuinty a historic third consecutive government, but the Liberals are diminished to a minority government.
Oct. 15, 2012
Dalton McGuinty shocks the public - and virtually his entire caucus - by announcing he is stepping down after nine years in office and proroguing the legislature amid a brewing controversy over two cancelled gas plants.