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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

John Manley's future

Walter Robinson interviewed former Mr. Everything in Ottawa John Manley last week and concludes his Ottawa Sun column with this exchange:

Q: Will we see a return of John Manley to public life?

"Well I never say never, but we'll see what the future holds. For now, I'm enjoying my life away from politics."

Was there ever any doubt that Manley might return to public life? And while it is obvious that Manley wouldn't mind coming back, are there many in the Liberal Party who would want him as leader? (While it is possible that Manley could return in some other capacity, it is doubtful he would want to.) There is no shortage of Liberal leader wannabes to succeed Paul Martin and I find it unlikely that a pro-business former Finance Minister who gives lip service to the importance of the Canada-US relationship is what the party will be looking for -- again.

Posted by Paul Tuns on November 30, 2004 in Canadian Politics | Permalink


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Pro-business = lots of Liberal subsidies for their favorite businesses?

Posted by: Justzumgai | 2004-11-30 4:51:38 PM

Say it isn't so! At least Brian Tobin had some charisma which is more than can be said for our erstwhile Minister of Everything.

Posted by: Hsu Ling Liu | 2004-12-05 9:02:47 PM

Manley is a bit of a paradox. While finance minister he made a couple of blunt, direct statements which I admired ... because he was trying to put the kibosh on new Liberal proposals to expand the welfare state.

But whenever I have heard him speaking entire sentences and paragraphs, he sounded like an inarticulate idiot. I can't imagine how he could be successful in any kind of white-collar private job if he expresses himself so poorly. No one pays top dollars to listen to a buffoon think out loud. Just a hunch, but I think his connections to sources of government pork will open a couple more doors for him, than his brains or charisma.

As for working in the "private sector" at places like Nortel ... it reminds me of a story. Years ago my buddy went to work at a Nortel subsidiary. One of his colleagues there happened to be a Young Something-or-other (memory fails, it was either Grit or Tory). My buddy was really pissed. "He spends his time on the phone, calling long distance all over the country doing Party business, and doing f**k all of what he's supposed to be doing."

Posted by: Justzumgai | 2004-12-05 10:18:15 PM

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