The official thank you for Premier Dalton McGuinty at the provincial Liberal fundraiser Thursday night in Toronto was delivered by Geoff Smith, president of EllisDon, the big construction company, and chair of the Ontario Liberal Fund.
"My name is Geoff Smith and I'm standing up here for one reason, and that's because I think the premier is a terrific fellow," said Smith.
Smith didn't always think so highly of McGuinty, however. Back in 1999, when McGuinty was Leader of the Opposition and heading into a provincial election, Smith formed a group called Liberals for Harris to help campaign for the re-election of Mike Harris and the Conservatives.
Asked on Thursday night what prompted his conversion from opponent to supporter of McGuinty, Smith responded rather lamely that in 1999 McGuinty "was a guy that I didn't know."
McGuinty himself said: "I like to think that we're making progress and converting doubters along the way."