Fortney went to experience it first hand and reported on her visit. She traced the roots of Morning Classes back to an Ontario politician
It was in such a spirit that the first Morning Classes came to life. As the story goes, former Ontario Lt.-Gov. Colin Campbell used to serve the gin-and-lemon concoction during the Second World War, to encourage the miners under his command to show up for morning briefings; when he returned from the war,
Campbell, an avid curler, continued the tradition, eventually bringing it to the Brier with his pals in 1948.