In the midst of the document scandal over the cancellation of two power plants in Oakville and Mississauga, premier Dalton McGuinty announced at 6:30 today, at an emergency caucus meeting, that he was stepping down as premier.
He also announced that he has asked the lieutenant governer to prorogue the legislature while he meets with labour groups and the opposition to reach an agreement over a public sector wage freeze "free of the heightened rancour that has sadly too frequently characterized our legislature of late."
McGuinty praised his caucus as "talented and hardworking'' and said the party was committed to "relentless progress'' and as such was "always ready to renew itself.''
After 16 years as leader and 9 as premier, he said it was time for renewal and for the next Liberal premier. He will stay on as party leader until his replacement can be found at a leadership convention.
More to come.