On the eve of the Kitchener-Waterloo byelection, Premier Dalton McGuinty made a stop at the campaign office of Liberal Candidate Eric Davis.

Speaking with reporters, McGuinty says the race is a tight one, but asked voters to be mindful of a couple of things, “Both of the great track record that we have laid over the course of the past nine years, whether they take a look at what’s happening in their schools, full day kindergarten is happening here, whether they look at the advancements we have made in the post secondary sector or the medical school, the new school of pharmacy.”

When asked if regaining a majority government tonight would change the way he deals with public sector workers including the teachers, the Premier says no, they would be the same government, which is inspired by the values shared by Ontario families, “And they’re telling us pretty explicitly, you’ve got to address our economic concerns, you’ve got to eliminate the deficit, you’ve got to do it in a way that protects our health care and our education. So, we’re saying to our broader public sector partners, including our teaching partners, we’ve got to hit the pause button on pay for a couple of years.”

McGuinty says it’s better to freeze salaries than to fire public sector employees.

Liberal Candidate Eric Davis meantime, says it was an honour to have the Premier stop by the night before the big day, “He’s been absolutely supportive throughout this entire process. I really appreciate every time he comes down, and he gets all the volunteers fired up.”

Davis says he’s feeling good ahead of the byelection, and as far as how close this race is, McGuinty says the golden rule of politics, always assume the race is close.

eric.drozd@rci.rogers.com