Premier Dalton McGuinty held an emergency meeting of his Liberal caucus earlier today where he announced that he will step down as party leader and with that he prorogued the legislature.
McGuinty says he will exit the premier seat following a leadership convention where provincial Liberals will choose his successor.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the occasion of Dalton McGuinty announcing his resignation as Premier of Ontario:
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank Premier Dalton McGuinty for his contributions to Ontario and to Canada during his time as leader of the province.
“Our two governments have worked together to serve Ontarians, from implementing Canada's Economic Action Plan to keeping the auto industry in the province of Ontario, and I salute Mr. McGuinty's many years of dedicated public service.
“On a personal level, I extend to Mr. McGuinty my very best wishes for all his future endeavours.”