In its issue published Friday, Foreign Direct Investment magazine, a British publication owned by the Financial Times, named Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty its world "Personality of the Year."
This was front-page news in Canada's largest circulation newspaper -- yeah, this one -- but McGuinty's political foes were less charitable.
To wit, here are two press releases sent out Thursday:
DALTON MCGUINTY DESERVES A FEW MORE AWARDS
(Queen’s Park) - The Ontario PC Party today suggested several other awards Dalton McGuinty’s public relations experts could nominate him for after securing a “personality award” from a British magazine.
Man of the Year Award for his work on behalf of autistic children.
Community Builder Award from forestry communities in Northwestern Ontario.
Nobel Peace Prize for suspending the rule of law in Caledonia.
Airline Passenger of the Year for frequent short-haul flights on routes such as Toronto-Hamilton and Toronto-Peterborough.
Defense Lawyer of the Year for a passionate defense of Cabinet Minister Harinder Takhar after he broke the law.
Heisman Trophy for prolific punting of major issues such as property tax and municipal finances.
Academy Award for role as a tough guy in ongoing fiscal “fight” with federal government.
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the 2003 Liberal Party Platform with its famous line: “I won’t raise your taxes.”
Olympic Gold Medal for Gymnastics for twisting around his coal promise.
Exporter of the Year for sending tens of thousands of Ontario manufacturing jobs abroad.
Ultimate Fighting Champion for his willingness to pick a fight with Ottawa at any time, over any issue.
Team Canada MVP for telling the other premiers how much more important he was than them.
American Express Consumer of the Year for his efforts to remind Ontarians how much fun deficit spending can be.
KORMOS RESPONDS TO McGUINTY’S ‘PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR’ AWARD
QUEEN’S PARK - NDP MPP Peter Kormos statement to Premier Dalton McGuinty named world "Personality of the Year".
"Give me a break, it's not like he was the Sunshine Boy! The real test is what the people of Parkdale-High Park think of him, not some British fish and chips magazine wrapper.”