Former Progressive Conservative premier Mike Harris was famously dismissive of protests and demonstrators.
But Harris’s one-time principal secretary John Weir appears to be veering away from his former boss’s stance on rallies and the like.
How else to explain Weir’s bizarre attendance at a demonstration outside Whitby’s Anderson Collegiate High School on Monday.
The lobbyist and Tory activist was protesting a campaign-style visit to the school by Premier Dalton McGuinty, a tour that coincided with the March 30 by-election in Whitby-Ajax.
“Oh, how the mighty have fallen,” joked one Grit after spotting Weir.
When he’s not rabblerousing outside high schools Weir is managing the by-election campaign of Tory candidate Christine Elliott.
Elliott, of course, is the wife of former Whitby-Ajax MPP and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
Flaherty’s seat became vacant after he won the federal riding on Jan. 23, defeating Liberal Judi Longfield.
Longfield, obviously not yet eager to abandon public life despite being shown the door by voters less than two months ago, is now running as the provincial Liberal candidate.