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McGuinty hints Ontario may back off new passenger restrictions for teen drivers


TORONTO — Premier Dalton McGuinty is suggesting the Ontario government may back off proposed passenger restrictions for teenage drivers.

An online group set up on Facebook to protest new rules that would limit a teen driver with a G2 licence to just one teenage passenger has over 116,000 members.

McGuinty was asked today if he was open to lifting the teen passenger limit in the face of such opposition, and said governments “never, ever” get something perfect on the first try.

He said the government would be “all ears” if people can give provide good ideas to help strengthen and improve the quality of the legislation.

The premier said his government has unintentionally engaged young people in a very important debate, and he wants to make sure he listens to them and keeps them engaged.

McGuinty also admitted the Liberals had been a little hasty in banning access to Facebook from Ontario government computers, but stopped short of saying all civil servants will be able to visit the social networking site.

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