Premier Dalton McGuinty wasn’t exactly fighting back tears on Wednesday when he learned that a long-time thorn in his side, Star reporter Rick “Badger” Brennan, was leaving Queen’s Park for greener pastures.
Well, maybe tears of joy. McGuinty flashed a grin worthy of a Crest WhiteStrips ad when informed before a media scrum that Brennan was departing the Park after almost 16 years of badgering premiers of all three political stripes.
“You’re leaving!” he beamed to the veteran scribe.
Later, during the scrum, Brennan asked one of his trademark pointed questions about the government’s strategy on averting a strike by Canadian Union of Public Employees members.
“You’ve got to be up to something here, you’re picking a fight with somebody, obviously you’re trying to do something, what is it?” the reporter thundered.
McGuinty didn’t miss a beat.
“I’m going to miss you,” the premier cracked to howls of laughter in a scrum broadcast live on radio and television. “I really am.”
Brennan’s new post at the Star is expected to be announced next week.