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Royal Tour 2010: Remarks By Premier Dalton McGuinty At Pinewood Toronto Studios

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Royal Tour 2010: Remarks By Premier Dalton McGuinty At Pinewood Toronto Studios

Office of the Premier

Your Majesty ...

Your Royal Highness ...

Minister Flaherty ...

Mayor Miller ...

Distinguished guests ...

Ladies and Gentlemen.

It's my pleasure to formally welcome Her Majesty and His Royal Highness to Ontario, once again.

We have much to celebrate, today.

As a province, we owe a tremendous debt to Great Britain -- not only for deep roots that reach into our shared history, and not only for our prized membership in a modern commonwealth of nations.

We also owe a debt for our vibrant democratic institutions, the foundation of our rich freedoms and our extraordinary quality of life.

For all this -- and for the strong bonds that continue to keep us close -- we are forever grateful.

I also want to welcome Her Majesty and His Royal Highness to Pinewood Studios.

This place actually has something in common with Research In Motion, the BlackBerry maker, a business we visited this morning.

Both enterprises are built on the same bedrock of success: The creativity and ingenuity of our people.

Millions of Ontarians are working today in industries and services driven by inspiration and innovation.

Today, we will tour one of the state-of-the art studios here, where creative Ontarians are making a film about events surrounding the War of 1812. I know this new production will help all of us better understand our history.

I want to thank Paul Bronfman and everyone at Pinewood Studios for hosting us today, as well as the artists and creators with us.

Not only do we enjoy your films with our own families, your work also creates good jobs that benefit many Ontario families. So, thank you for your passion and your dedication to your craft.

In the words of Shakespeare:

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be."

Ontario's creators and innovators help us all understand what we may be: A stronger, more prosperous people, a kinder people, a better people.

And here in Ontario, we have the added perspective and traditions of people from throughout the world.

Building on the foundation laid by Aboriginal people, we have created a unique cultural voice in Ontario, one that has made our province one of the liveliest and most diverse places in the world -- a place we are proud to share with you, Your Majesty and Your Royal Highness.

Today, in honour of your visit to our province, and in recognition of our shared belief in the power of both education and technology to build a better world, I am pleased to announce that the Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology will now be known as the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology.

Your Majesty, on behalf of 13 million Ontarians, thank you for sharing with us your grace, your warmth and your kindness.

You lift us up. In a world of constant change -- where so many of us are given to getting -- you help us understand an eternal truth: That we can be better by allowing ourselves to be given to giving.

Your Majesty, you have been giving all your life. You have given an unrelenting commitment to your responsibilities. You have given an unwavering devotion to all those who look to you for guidance and leadership. You have given us integrity, honour and duty.

You shine for us.

And for that we -- the people of Ontario -- are very grateful.

Thank you.



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