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Dalton McGuinty

The Hon. Dalton McGuinty
Term of Office:October 23, 2003 - present
Predecessor:Ernie Eves
Date of Birth:July 19, 1955
Place of Birth:Ottawa, Ontario
Spouse:Terri McGuinty
Political Party:Liberal

Dalton James Patrick McGuinty, Canadian lawyer and politician, was born in Ottawa, Ontario on July 19, 1955.

McGuinty is the Premier of Ontario; he was sworn in as the province's twenty-fourth premier on October 23, 2003.

The son of politician and professor Dalton McGuinty, Sr, McGuinty earned a science degree from McMaster University and a law degree from the University of Ottawa before practising law in Ottawa. MPP for Ottawa South since 1990, he was elected leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in 1996 in a surprise victory over front-runner Gerard Kennedy.

His party defeated incumbent Ernie Eves' Ontario Progressive Conservative Party in the Ontario general election, 2003. Despite being accused of being an evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet, Mr. McGuinty led his party through the hectic campaign to handily trounce the Tories, who had been weakened by a number of scandals after two consecutive terms in office under Eves and former premier Mike Harris.

Preceded by:
Ernie Eves
List of Ontario premiers Succeeded by: