This is a wonderful memoir that is written by Dalton McGuinty about his life and struggles as well as triumphs as a politician.
Dalton McGuinty was premier of Ontario from 2003 to 2013. He inherited a province that was wounded by cutbacks and divisive politics. McGuinty led Ontario through a deep recession and a challenging shift away from a manufacturing-based economy. He initiated a major rebuilding of Ontario schools and hospitals as well as a transformation of its transportation and energy infrastructure.
In this book, McGuinty tells the story of his life in politics as well as his first crushing defeat, the victories that followed, his campaign for leadership of the Liberal Party, and his years as premier. He delivers a frank look at his years in power. H even offers insights into major issues such as closing coal-fired electricity plants, the HST, full-day kindergarten, and two cancelled Ontario Hydro gas plants.
Dalton was always underestimated. But he prevailed as the longest-serving Liberal leader in Ontario in over a century. In this book, he shares his lessons and the limitations and expectations for political leaders in the twenty-first century.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth