The Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Dalton McGuinty.

I wanna thank all of you, our Ontario chiefs of police, on a couple of counts.

One, for coming together and making a deliberate effort to be thoughtful. You know, we all seem to lead these hectic, "just-in-time" lives at the beginning of the 21st Century, so much so that at times it seems we're endanger to be consumed by the immediate at the expense of the important. Taking the time to come together, get off the deck of the ship and get into the crows nest and look out at the distant horizon. Taking the time to be thoughtful is important and I congratulate you for that.

Secondly, I just wanna thank you for the work that you do. Thank you for devoting yourselves to the safety of our communities, the welfare of others. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most urgent and persistent question is 'what are you doing for others?'" People who work in police can honestly answer that question with one word: lots, and I thank you for doing that for others.

I'm here today to deliver a simple message: our government fully supports you and your important and challenging work. We've made it a priority to establish a strong, working relationship with all of you, to get you the resources you need to keep our community safe.

I also believe in a ban on hand guns, and I ask for your support in this regard. You and I have a unique opportunity on behalf of our children and their children to define Ontario and Canadian gun culture as markedly different from American gun culture.

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