OTTAWA - Is Dalton McGuinty about to jump from the provincial fat into the federal fire?
With his surprise announcement that he's stepping down as premier of Ontario, McGuinty is suddenly free to run for the federal Liberal leadership if he so chooses.
If he does, he'll have a ready-made campaign team all set to go.
For the past month, a draft campaign has been in the works to persuade McGuinty to jump into the federal fray.
Some of his closest advisers have been involved and sources say a leadership campaign road map has already been sketched out.
McGuinty has not yet decided whether to take the plunge, but those close to him say he's definitely feeling the pressure.