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Premiers Put Provincial Pride On The Line In Vanier Cup

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Premiers Put Provincial Pride On The Line In Vanier Cup

McGuinty and Calvert Pledge To Wear The Jersey Of Opposing Province

Office of the Premier

TORONTO/REGINA -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert today put their provincial pride on the line for this weekend's Vanier Cup. Premier Calvert has pledged to wear the jersey of Ontario's Wilfrid Laurier University if they win the game, and Premier McGuinty will wear the University of Saskatchewan jersey if they are victorious.

"It's going to be a great event for everyone involved -- the fans can look forward to some great football, it will be an experience the players never forget -- and when it's all over, Premier Calvert is going to look great wearing Laurier's purple and gold," said Premier McGuinty.

The Saskatchewan Huskies and the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks will meet in the 2005 Desjardins Vanier Cup on Saturday, December 3 at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton. The game will decide the Canadian Interuniversity Sports football championship.

"As Premiers who take pride in the quality of our young people, we're both looking forward to an exciting game that represents the best in Canadian university athletics -- teamwork, sportsmanship and giving your best," said Premier Calvert. "And I understand that Premier McGuinty's family roots are Irish, so when he dons the Saskatchewan Huskies jersey, he'll be used to wearing green."

As part of their wager, the Premiers have agreed to wear the opposing team's jersey at a public event next week.

"I know that I speak for Premier Calvert and myself in congratulating both teams on their hard work and commitment in reaching the Vanier Cup and wishing the players all the best for a great game," said Premier McGuinty.