Premier Dalton McGuinty had some words of solace for his new best-friend-forever Prime Minister Stephen Harper after Ottawa doled out $1.52 billion for transit infrastructure in the Greater Toronto Area on Tuesday.
When the Star's Richard "The Badger" Brennan dared to shout out a question to McGuinty -- in violation of Harper's heavy-handed media strategy -- the premier turned to the PM and flashed a grin.
"Let me just take the opportunity to offer you my deepest sympathy. I understand that Richard Brennan now finds himself on Parliament Hill," said McGuinty.
"But to make matters even worse, he's assumed responsibility as president of the press gallery there," quipped the premier.
"My deepest sympathies."
Harper seemed almost overcome with emotion at the kind gesture.
"Well, thank you for that," beamed the Prime Minister.
Brennan, who badgered McGuinty for years at Queen's Park, is the first person to have been press gallery president at both QP and Ottawa.
And, no, McGuinty did not answer the question because Brennan wasn't on Harper's sanctioned list of questioners.