By Trevor Lautens
Road-test these words to see if they fall trippingly on the tongue: Mark Carney seeks Liberal leadership! Mark Carney wins Liberal leadership race! Liberal Mark Carney beats No-Name Conservative! Mark Carney, Liberal Prime Minister!
Agent 6D3kJ7 is one of my most impressive agents. He, or she, has decades of experience in golden realms of the nation’s politics. His/her cover will not be blown in this stick of type. Enough to say he, let’s confide he’s male, operates in one of the provinces, which narrows it down – south of the 60th parallel.
And Agent 6D3kJ7 regularly consorts with a group of persons of more than spade-deep political experience. And they are of the Liberal brand. And at a recent such meeting an informal poll occurred. And of the 10 present, nine – nine! – said the nation’s incumbent prime minister must go.
Nine Liberal heavies – 90 per cent of the attendees.
The sole holdout must be as loyal as a certain broadcaster, who utters commentaries between flacking for one of the circling mortgage companies that vitally sustain private radio these days, and who smoothly opined that at recent parliamentary committee hearings the Conservative opposition administered “no knockout blow” to the resident of 24 Sussex Drive.
Hold on – was he correct, due to a kind of beaten-up voters’ forgiveness by acclamation due to all-party cynicism, scandal overload, and exhausting real life?
Alternatively, Justin Trudeau arguably is on the mat due to savage self-beatings and unfancy footwork snagging left with right feet: The right foot of the SNC-Lavalin scandal and of bribing youth toward Liberalism with the now-drowned monstrous WE handouts, and the left of the Trudeau DNA for public debt (father Pierre privately was a notorious cheapskate) and “progressive” bigotry.
But enough of asides, agreeable though they are. Back to Agent 6D3kJ7’s report. Which he knew would be held in strict confidence.
A name bounced around by the Naughty Nine Liberals at their quiet meeting was Mark Carney.
The National Post’s John Ivison recently re-read the Carney c.v. when Carney returned after his prestigious Bank of England tour of duty – where, as when governor of the Bank of Canada, he took some unbankerish outlier (and good) stands. Ivison noted that Carney mulled a shot at the Liberal leadership in 2012 but thought better of it.
Copious Liberal saliva apparently ran in the streets of Toronto, the nation’s only important city, at the vision of Carney’s joining a dot or two and becoming finance minister. If that office became vacant. Say no more, say no more.
Things being what they are, and both the formalities and Justin Trudeau’s usefulness to the cold-eyed party mandarins over, Carney could be a fit as leader. Of course he’d need profile. No problem. Many-sided abilities, interests, family man, one excellent wife. The media mainstream would run torrents.
At present few citizens could recognize Mark Carney if he were six feet away, and unmasked.
But, unlike the present holder of the office, who has proven less than just a pretty face, he has a brain. And being a banker he can do sums and stuff. And he has gravitas. And, though not a requirement, even maybe a disability, for prime minister – certainly no Liberal since Mackenzie King, who may simply have simulated public dullness that disguised unelectable private weirdness – it’s possible that gravitas’ time has come.
A banker who might draw Conservative voters’ principles and interest.
Holland House Communications Ltd., Vancouver. Copyright 2019.