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Premier McGuinty Thanks Outgoing Integrity Commissioner

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Premier McGuinty Thanks Outgoing Integrity Commissioner

Welcomes New Acting Commissioner

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Premier Dalton McGuinty today issued the following statement on the retirement of Ontario's Integrity Commissioner, Justice Coulter Osborne.

"Justice Osborne has not only been Ontario's commissioner for integrity -- he has been, throughout his career, someone who epitomizes integrity. On behalf of all Ontarians, as well as their elected representatives, I want to thank him for the work he has done, and the exemplary way in which he has done it.

Throughout his many years of service, he has advised hundreds of MPPs, overseen Ontario's Lobbyist Registry and improved expense procedures for elected officials and their staff.

He's earned the respect and trust of all members for his sage advice. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about his work has been his unwavering commitment to fairness, accountability, and above all, the public interest.

Like all elected members, I have greatly benefited from his counsel -- and wish him, his wife, Barbara, and their family, the very best in the years ahead.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Ontario's new acting Integrity Commissioner, Lynn Morrison.

Ms. Morrison has nearly 30 years of public service experience. She brings with her a thorough understanding of government, and a great deal of experience in the Integrity Commissioner's Office. I am confident Ms. Morrison will have success in her new role."

A committee of the Legislature will begin the search process for Ontario's fourth Integrity Commissioner this fall.