As he was giving his resignation speech to his fellow MPPs on Monday evening, he threw them one last life raft — he adjourned Ontario's legislature.
McGuinty said he did because he wanted to give his government "time" to negotiate a wage freeze deal with the unions and opposition parties.
But the opposition parties aren't buying it and neither should the public.
Prorogation is clearly an effort by the Grits to put off a legislative reprimand against the government's costly closure of two natural gas plants and to buy it time before an imminent election.
"Once again this is about the Liberals and what they think is best for them instead of what's best for the people of Ontario," NDP leader Andrea Horwath told reporters on Tuesday according to the Canadian Press.
"They didn't want to stay here and deal with the unfolding scandal that was happening with the gas plants. They didn't want to take responsibility for their politically motivated decision."
So where is the media and public outcry?
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When Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament to save his minority, the mainstream media relentlessly attacked the Tories while the public took to the streets in protest.
A couple of right-leaning politicos are skeptical that the media will apply equal coverage to this prorogue:
Some bored intern should count up the column-inches of newspaper and minutes of broadcast that the Media Party gave to Harper's prorogation
— Ezra Levant (@ezralevant) October 15, 2012
Former Brian Mulroney chief of staff Norman Spector tweeted about a 'soft' headline by the Canadian Press:
— Norman Spector (@nspector4) October 16, 2012
Prorogation is nothing new and is well within the the rights of government. In its 143-year history, Parliament has been prorogued 105 times — essentially once every 16 months. Federal interim Liberal leader Bob Rae — who was at the centre of the anti-Harper prorogation rallies — prorogued Ontario's legislature 3 times in 4 years when he was the NDP premier of Ontario.
Will we see the same outrage in Ontario this time around?