On June 26, 1985, on a bright summer day on the lawn of the Ontario Legislature, David Peterson did the impossible - he was sworn in as the first Liberal Ontario Premier in forty-two years, breaking the hold on government of the province's Progressive Conservative party.
From 1985 to 1987, after concluding a historic accord with the Ontario NDP, Peterson headed a minority government. In 1987, Ontario voters rewarded the Peterson Liberals with a massive majority victory in that year's provincial election. Three years later, Peterson was defeated by the same Ontario NDP. Truly a Magic Moment brings together academics and partisans to examine the legacy of the governments led by Ontario's twentieth premier, twenty-five years after that historic swearing-in at Queen's Park.