Smitherman Bows out of Liberal Leadership Race
Tuesday, October 30th 2012 3:54:28pm
October 30, 2012
Former Ontario Deputy Premier George Smitherman has bowed out of the race to succeed Dalton McGuinty as the Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and as Premier of Ontario.
“On many levels the challenge excites and energizes me, but a return to active politics at this time isn’t compatible with my personal objectives,” Smitherman said.
“With two kids under age four and three new businesses it wouldn’t be fair to anyone for me to pursue my love of politics at this time,” he added.
Smitherman thanked friends, family and loyal supporters for the encouragement they offered over the past two weeks. “Politics is a tough road and it’s hardest on the people who love you the most. Christopher remains unwavering and unselfish in his willingness to support me in active politics which means everything to me,” added Smitherman.
The greatest motivation for a run at this time would have been the chance to bring ideas forward. “Over the past two weeks I have thought long and hard about the challenges and about the boldness of the solutions that are needed for Ontario,” Smitherman said.
“I am excited that new projects such as a collaboration to create an Interactive Talk TV format will provide an outlet for ideas and a vehicle for an animated conversation about topical issue,” he added. The first such Forum will focus on Gaming in Toronto and will take place in late November.
In exiting the race Smitherman took the opportunity to offer one piece of advice to candidates vying to replace McGuinty. “To date, every prospective candidate is playing to the opposition’s narrative about the McGuinty Government. It’s time to show some pride for the accomplishments as a foundation for new ideas and opportunities.”
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