Liberal MPP Brad Duguid (Scarborough Centre) was such a huge supporter of John Tory's unsuccessful 2003 Toronto mayoral bid that he used to proudly sport a button reading: "Grits For Tory."
Fast-forward three years, and Tory is now Progressive Conservative Leader and, according to Duguid, someone Torontonians should avoid.
To wit, check out this rant in the Legislature today:
"I understand that the Leader of the Opposition has decided to run in the next provincial election in the riding of Don Valley West. The first question that comes to my mind is: 'Is he nuts?' Given his performance thus far as Leader of the Opposition, John Tory would have trouble getting elected anywhere but the safest Tory seats in Ontario, but given his party’s anti-Toronto positions on everything from public transit funding to fiscal assistance to this city, and his inexplicable opposition to the City of Toronto Act, the people of Don Valley West know full well that John Tory, once an advocate of Toronto, has been co-opted or influenced by his caucus to be anti-Toronto.
"After spending his time as Leader of the Opposition slagging our city and encouraging Tory members of his caucus to continue the Tory strategy of playing on the negative sentiments outside of the city against our city, John Tory thinks the people of Don Valley West are going to forgive and forget him.
"I have news for the Leader of the Opposition: They will not forget; they will not forgive him for that. They will remember that he was part of that government that brought down downloading on the city of Toronto, that damaged our community from one end to the other. But the biggest barrier Mr. Tory is going to have in getting elected in the riding of Don Valley West is none other than our own Kathleen Wynne.
I have more to say on this, but I’m running out of time. He’ll never do it—he will never do it. Thank you."
Er, yeah, whatever.