TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2012 ( – After nine years as Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty announced Monday evening that he is resigning.

“Thank God,” said Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition. “The man was a disaster and an embarrassment for Catholics and Liberals.

“The damage that he’s done will take decades to repair, if it’s possible,” he added.


McGuinty made the announcement after calling a meeting of the Liberal caucus by surprise.

“I’ve concluded that this is the right time for Ontario’s next Liberal Premier and our next set of ideas to guide our province forward,” McGuinty told his caucus. “Earlier today, I asked Yasir Naqvi, our party president, to convene a leadership convention at the earliest possible time.

“I will remain as Premier until that leadership convention. And it will be my honour to continue to serve as the MPP for Ottawa South until the next general election.”

Though a self-proclaimed Catholic, he was renowned for his advocacy of state-funded abortion-on-demand and the normalization of homosexuality.

Most recently his government passed a controversial “anti-bullying” bill that was slammed as an attack on religious freedom because it forces all schools to allow gay-straight alliance clubs. Just last week, his Education Minister, Laurel Broten, shocked observers when she stated that the bill also means Catholic schools should not be teaching that abortion is wrong because that would be “misogyny.”

The move is sure to be heralded as the end of an era for Ontario, as he led the Liberal Party for 16 years and reigned as Premier since 2003.