McGuinty wants another term as Ontario premier
Does not commit beyond 2015
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has his sights set on running the province for another four years, despite lagging in the polls.
However, the premier, who has served for two terms, refused to commit beyond 2015. The Liberal leader has been criticized in the past for his apparent reluctance to make a firm commitment to a full term.
But he clarified his commitment on CBC's Metro Morning.
"There was never any such reluctance on my part. What I said was that I was not prepared to be running again in 2015, but I am prepared to run for a full term with the support and the consent of my family," he said.
"I am more energized than ever before. I am more committed to doing things that are absolutely necessary for us to ensure that we are securing a bright future for our families, including continuing to build up our schools, our hospitals and the strength of our economy."
McGuinty's party faces an uphill battle, however, as the Progressive Conservatives under Tim Hudak are clearly out in front in the polls.
But the premier said he was not worried that his vision of Ontario was out of step with what Ontario might want from its government.
"I don't worry about those kinds of things. The values that form us as a political party, the values that shape our policies are fundamental to people everywhere," he said.
"It is a desire. It's an understanding that we are in this together and that we are at our best when we work, build, and dream together and it's important that we help one another and support one another," he said. That's the foundation for our success as a province to this point in our time and it's going to be key to our success in a highly competitive and sometimes global economy."
Ontario residents go to the polls on Oct. 6.