Photos: Leadership convention in swing, Ontario Liberals fête ‘Premier Dad’

‘It has been my joy and honour,’ McGuinty tells party faithful

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty thanked his party as he said farewell on Friday evening in Toronto. ‘It has been my joy and honour,’ he said of the nine years he spent as premier. On Saturday, Liberals will hear from all those who would replace McGuinty. By the end of the day, one will be chosen.

More from our OLP convention coverage:

Outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty said thanks and farewell to Liberal supporters on Friday evening at Toronto's former Maple Leaf Gardens. (Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press)

'If we could have half the success you've had, we would be delighted,' leadership contender Sandra Pupatello told McGuinty. (Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press)

Leadership contender Harinder Takhar spent much of the day insisting he's out for the top job — rather than poised to play premier-maker. (Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press)

Charles Sousa confided that he once spilled water on McGuinty during QP. 'I still survived the next cabinet shuffle.' (Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press)

Interim federal Liberal Leader Bob Rae shared a laugh with the outgoing premier. (Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press)

'This is about a very special man,' Gerard Kennedy said during his brief tribute. (Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press)

'The future is in good hands,' McGuinty told Liberals. 'Our party has never been stronger.' (Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press)

MPP Kathleen Wynne thanked McGuinty's wife and children for their sacrifices. (Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press)

McGuinty also thanked his wife during his farewell: 'You gave me the strength I needed by making our home a place where premiers and politics count for nothing, but where being a dad and a husband count for everything.' (Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press)

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