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article imageExclusive: An Up-Close and Personal TV Interview With David Onley

By Chris Hogg     Jul 13, 2007 in Politics

Exclusive: One-on-One With David Onley

Digital Journal presents an in-depth, one-on-one interview with the next lieutenant-governor for the province of Ontario. (Runs 17:18)
Known as a TV anchor for more than 22 years on City TV in Toronto, David Onley was recently appointed lieutenant-governor for Ontario. In a special one-on-one TV interview, Onley tells us about disability, leaving colleagues behind, and the death of TV.
David Onley's whole world changed in a phone call. While driving on Toronto's Don Valley Parkway, Onley got a call from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper who offered him the position as the Province of Ontario's next lieutenant-governor.
Despite the fact the lieutenant-governor's position is largely considered a ceremonial post (a representative of the Queen), the 58-year-old Onley says he will speak out for the disabled and bring issues of accessiblity to the forefront.
The TV personality was stricken with polio as a child, paralyzing him from the neck down. Eventually regaining the use of most of his muscles, Onley today must walk with leg braces and a cane. His disability, however, is not something he has ever hid behind.
Onley moves on to a very different world, leaving the culture of media for the hallowed halls of government. His new job comes with a $110,000 annual salary and a title he still blushes about: Your Honour.
In an exclusive, one-on-one interview with Digital Journal at his new Queen's Park office, Onley reveals what it was like to leave his long-time colleagues; how he intends to use his experience as a journalist in his new position; how his work as a technology and Internet expert will assist his role in the government; and how he intends to address issues for the disabled.
In a candid interaction, Onley reveals whether he plans to become a career politician; and how believes mainstream media is failing its audience.
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