Ontario’s Premier, Dalton McGuinty, goes to work everyday wearing a uniform. Dark pants, a white shirt (usually), and a red tie…(always Liberal red and always loosened). Sleeves always rolled up. It proclaims to the people, “hey, I’m in charge, but I’m going to be comfortable while I work very hard at this job.” It may also declare, “hey, yeah, I’m Premier, you don’t have to be scared of me, I’m not Mike Harris afterall.”
Accordingly, I depict him with his Premier’s costume in editorial cartoons. The transformation is chronicled in my Dalton McGuinty Gallery.
The forefather of Ontario’s jacketless, loosened red tie, rolled-up-sleeves appearance was the last Liberal Party Premier of the province (1985-1990), David Peterson, shown here in this official Queen’s Park portrait:
Here is the former Premier of Ontario in a recent photograph: