One of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s more improbable pals is dropping by Queen’s Park for a visit Wednesday afternoon.
Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Jr. - better known as Steve Forbes - is popping for a private chat in McGuinty’s office at the Ontario Legislature.
Forbes, who ran for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000, is editor-in-chief of the influential business magazine Forbes, which was founded by his uncle and father.
While McGuinty is probably best known for raising taxes when he promised not to, Forbes is best known for proposing a flat tax for Americans to replace the supposedly punitive sliding income tax system.
A hard-line neo-conservative, he is also socially conservative, backing school prayer and opposing abortion rights.
So what does McGuinty, a Howard Dean leftist by U.S. political standards who is pro-choice and was a key supporter of same-sex marriage, have in common with Forbes?
“They met in Davos and really hit it off,” said one of the premier’s aides, referring to the World Economic Forum meeting in Switzerland last winter.
We’d love to be a fly on the wall at that meeting.