Remember when I suggested that Frank McKenna was going to run for the Liberal leadership? Yeah, I was wrong on that one.
He seemed an obvious choice. His run as premier of New Brunswick was considered by many to be pretty successful (not everyone agrees on that, of course). And I have big issues with his long-running opposition to abortion clinics in NB. But he wasn’t in federal politics during Chrétien’s nor Martin’s time and therefore has none of the baggage that comes with that. He has powerful (and controversial, when you consider the Carlyle Group) connections with several major corporations so his appeal to the business community is apparent. And he’s bilingual, which always helps.
It seemed clear to me that the party would want to choose someone not currently serving in Parliament to take the controls and lead them into the next election. And yet, and yet…
Maybe he remembered that by simply sitting on the boards of directors of a number of corporations, he can make a shitload of money. So my dream of seeing a New Brunswicker running the country will have to wait a few more years.
So where does that leave the Liberals? Scott Brison, who not that long ago ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party may, or may not, run. He could be a good choice from a progessive-centrist point of view. Belinda Stronach, as Rachel pointed out, could charm her way to the top, Clinton style. And she would bring The Sexy. Brian Tobin has quit and re-entered politics so many times, I think people would question his commitment. And Michael Ignatieff doesn’t care about Ukrainian people.