Mr. McGuinty personally apologized to Evon Reid for the actions of a civil servant in the cabinet office. In case you're not aware, Mr. Reid applied for a job as a media analyst and was copied on an inappropriate email from an employee of the cabinet office; the email referred to him as a "ghetto dude".
The Torontoist says it best in describing the situation:
A low-level part-time contract employee saying something extremely stupid is not an example of a systemic problem of racism in the Ontario government. In fact, it's the kind of situation to which Hanlon's razor applies perfectly: never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
That is the situation in a nutshell; I don't believe for an instance there is systemic racism within the Ontario government, nor within the Ontario Liberals either.
I disagree with the Torontoist, however, in its criticism of the Opposition calling on the government to apologize for this incident.
It wasn't too long ago that the Premier had to agree to a statement made by John Tory (video available from the Agenda blog post on the Mike Colle issue) that no member of the Opposition was motivated by racism:
The McGuinty Liberals have been accused of fumbling the grant fund political hot potato. Minister Mike Colle at first tried stalling, then Premier McGuinty accused the Opposition of racism for questioning the grants to immigrant services groups. That incensed PC Leader John Tory and NDP MPP Michael Prue. Finally, an ashen-faced McGuinty caved into pressure, apologized and called in the Provincial Auditor.
Not apologizing for this incident would have come back to bite them hard.