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Before he got to the meat of a speech to a Toronto business audience this week, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan took a moment to salute the man who beat him for the provincial Liberal leadership 16 years ago and who is stepping down after nine years as Premier.

“His legacy will survive the taunts, it will survive the unfair comments,” Mr. Duncan said of Dalton McGuinty.

OK. I’m going to give it a go anyway.

Mr. McGuinty’s image has been artfully managed. Consider the scene on Oct. 15, when he announced he was quitting politics and proroguing the legislature. Liberal MPPs were gathered in the Government Caucus Room at Queen’s Park; reporters and television cameras poised at the back of the room. The Premier walked in, jacket off, red tie loosened slightly, and sat down on the edge of the stage. He spoke quietly, voice cracking at times, and…

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