So on Monday, while reading a story by the Star’s Robert Benzie, I was surprised to learn Gretzky is endorsing Barrie MP Patrick Brown, who is hoping to become the next leader of the PC Party of Ontario.
“I have known Patrick Brown for a number of years now,” said Gretzky, in a statement clearly ghostwritten by campaign operatives since it started in the first person. “Hard working and dedicated, Patrick is a strong Conservative. He has the passion and vision to lead Ontario.
This isn’t the first time Gretzky has ripped off his old hockey jersey to reveal a frayed political undershirt.
In 2003, with debate raging about the Iraq War, Gretzky fed a goalmouth pass to George W. Bush: “All I can say is the president of the United States is a great leader. I happen to think he’s a wonderful man and if he believes what he’s doing is right, I back him 100 per cent.”
Last September, he praised Stephen Harper as “one of the greatest prime ministers ever.”
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