As a student growing up in Victoria, Attorney General Michael Bryant worked as a purser on a British Columbia ferry.
“Sort of like Gopher on The Love Boat,” the affable Bryant used to joke.
Alas, the ship he used to work on, the Queen of the North, sank last week, apparently killing two passengers.
On a much happier note, two of Bryant’s key staffers have new hobby jobs.
Nikki Holland, his director of operations and stakeholder relations, will be the chief returning officer for the federal Liberals’ leadership race to be determined in Montreal on Dec. 2-3.
Tom Allison, a senior adviser to the attorney general and veteran political operative, will be running the Ontario campaign for rookie MP Michael Ignatieff (Etobicoke-Lakeshore).
Bryant, for his part, will be helping his federal seatmate and buddy, Carolyn Bennett, a former federal minister, in her leadership bid.
So much for Premier Dalton McGuinty’s edict that provincial Liberals sit out the federal contest!