What, one wonders, led to this change of heart?
In a post that is (as of the time this went up) still on Thomson's own website, titled "Spring Fling with Sarah Thomson," she wrote a particular barb directed at then front-runner George "Captain eHealth" Smitherman:
"the other candidates for Mayor are offering exactly what career politicians always offer: Big promises of sweeping change but empty of any real, practical, solutions. They fight each other in a blame game, criticizing the mayor for finding 100 million dollars while all the while ignoring the e-health billion that has disappeared.
Does anyone in the room tonight feel e-healthier? I didn’t think so."In another:
Mayoral Candidate Sarah Thomson Responds to Mr. Smitherman's Consolidation Proposal
Wed. June, 23rd - 1:00 pm
"EMS and the fire department are both critical and valuable services. However, to integrate EMS into what has been deemed an ‘essential service’ and amalgamate the two sectors will impede and reduce management’s ability to manage costs and service levels in the future. This is something that Mr. Smitherman seems to forget, as we have witnessed with his inconsistent and disorganized transit plans and, of course, his history with the E-Health blunder.
"This is a classic move to increase the size of government without comprehensively studying whether it in fact can reduce costs.
Yet in September, when Thomson's election capital was exhausted, her support low, and her campaign in debt, she had a remarkable change of heart about Mr. Smitherman's capabilities and said:
"I am confident that George’s Budget Blueprint will give Torontonians the government they deserve. George is someone who will lead our city with open doors, not closed minds. George understands the big picture for Toronto – and he has the best plans and policy to deliver our best opportunities."Thanks Sarah, of course we trust you. It's not like you're saying whatever self-serving thing pops into your head.
UPDATE: sanwin provided an even better example in the comments section and provided a link to the Women's Post page via Google cache.