McGuinty dismisses talk of coalitions, likes his "major minority"

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OTTAWA - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says his re-elected Liberal minority government will not be making any backroom deals with the Progressive Conservatives or New Democrats towards a coalition.

McGuinty says the Liberals are a middle of the road party that Ontarians are clearly comfortable with and want to have in charge of the economy and job creation.

The Liberals won 53 seats, just one short a majority, but McGuinty says he will work with others to make government work rather than negotiating with the Tories and NDP, and dismissed any hopes of getting a majority through recounts in ridings where the vote was close.

The Liberal leader says he doesn't have a lot of faith in recounts and is proud of what he called his "major minority."

When asked if he could make life easier by appointing an opposition member as Speaker of the legislature, McGuinty laughed at how quickly people were plotting strategies, and said he was happy with the Liberal caucus as is.

He also dismissed questions about trying to recruit an opposition member to the Liberal benches, and declined to answer a question about why he didn't make more of an effort in northern Ontario during the campaign.

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