It is election season in Canada and the US. The US sometimes seems to be in perpetual election season. In Canada we are in the midst of a federal election campaign and that means election workers and volunteers are hard at work managing the logistics of the various campaigns. It also means daily media coverage of the campaigns and pronouncements by party leaders. Elections aren’t only won by platforms and policies. They are won on election day by the candidates who can get their supporters out to vote.
Today my Member of Provincial Parliament and the former Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty announced his retirement from the legislature. He served for 23 years as the elected representative of Ottawa South and nine years as Premier.
There will be many people who offer comments on what they feel is his legacy. I am not going to do that in any significant way. Instead I am going to focus on his willingness to serve and public service in general. [Read more…]