McGuinty – Premier of Ontario
Voters yesterday took Dalton McGuinty's message to
heart and handed the Liberal leader a massive
majority government. "The people of Ontario have
McGuinty told hundreds of supporters in his victory
speech at Ottawa's Chateau Laurier Hotel last night.
They've chosen, if you stop and think about it,
they've chosen something more profound, they've
rejected a negative message and chosen a positive
Fourteen of Eves' 24 cabinet ministers lost their seats,
including Finance Minister Janet Ecker, Health Minister Tony
Clement, Agriculture Minister Helen Johns, Municipal Affairs
Minister David Young and Management Board Chair David
McGuinty, Eves and NDP Leader Howard Hampton were all
re-elected in their ridings. But, voters turned their backs
on the Tories' plan for more tax relief and endorsed
McGuinty's call for more funding for health and education.
In a Victory
Party Today in Toronto, Tony Ruprecht, the re-elected
Liberal MPP for Davenport riding reaffirmed the Liberals
commitment for reform and thanked the people of Ontario.
Tony Ruprecht was first elected
to the Ontario legislature in the west-end Toronto riding of
Parkdale in 1981. In 1999, he was elected to the riding of
In 1985, Tony was appointed
Ontario's first Minister Responsible for Disabled Persons.
He also served as Minister for Citizenship
(Multiculturalism) and was parliamentary assistant to the
Minister of Community and Social Services. In Opposition, he
has served as critic for Tourism and the Anti-Drug Strategy.
He is currently Liberal critic for Citizenship. Recently, he
introduced two bills on access to trades and professions
designed to lower unfair barriers for internationally
Tony was elected as a senior
alderman in Toronto in 1978 and served on the Metro and
Toronto councils. Tony received his formal education at
Laurentian, Wichita State, and Miami Universities. He was an
assistant professor of political science at Nebraska W.
University, and taught comparative politics at Brandon
University and public administration at York University. He
was named Scholar of the Year at Laurentian University,
Tony has written papers on Canada-U.S. relations and
authored a tax reform bill for the U.S. Congress. In 1990,
he made a unique contribution to Toronto's historic and
cultural life by publishing Toronto's Many Faces, a 400-page
guidebook to more than 65 diverse cultural communities.
Tony is the recipient of numerous honours including Knight
of Malta, Sovereign Military Order Saint John of Jerusalem;
Estonian Gold Medal of Honour; Medal of Valour and Merit,
Government of Portugal; Polish Golden Cross of Merit; Medal
of Honour, Philippine-Canada Friendship; and Honorary
Fellowship, Canadian School of Management.