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Some introductory remarks. A story about the speaker's sister. The gap between the Ontario we have and the Ontario that we deserve. A leadership gap. How to close that gap. Ontario's greatest resource. Ontario as a leader in Canada and around the world. Why that is slipping. Troubling signs for the Ontario economy today. Some statistical details. Some illustrative anecdotes. The need for leadership to turn potential into reality. Some remarks about Dalton McGuinty. Ways in which Ontario deserves a higher standard of leadership. What the speaker would do to strengthen Canada's position as an international financial centre. A promise to reduce the overall tax burden. Closing the gap about investment and jobs, but also investing more in health and education and helping the disadvantaged. The speaker, putting his business experience to work. Increasing accountability. Spending smarter. Ending some practices. Health care and education issues. The Ontario the speaker sees as he travels. Recruiting and training more doctors and nurses. An important balance in Ontario. Addressing the human condition. The justice system. Fixing neighbourhoods. The Ontario the speaker saw in Caledonia. Standing up for the rule of law. A commitment to Ontario.