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Saturday, January 28, 2006
Mr. ________ goes to Washington
I'm told by a source close to the Harper transition that the choice for US Ambassador has been narrowed down to two people: just-retired oilman Gwyn Morgan or former Mulroney finance minister Michael Wilson.
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The same Gwyn Morgan who wrote the piece about the "socialist grasshopper" in the Financial Post?
We may have Bernier as finance minister and this guy as our ambassador to the US? It's almost too good to be true...
Posted by: Angela | 2006-01-28 8:00:49 PM
That would be too good to be true. It will probably be Wilson.
Posted by: Mallard | 2006-01-28 8:42:37 PM
"He is an Honorary Colonel (retired) of the 410 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Canadian Air Force."
Gwyn Morgan it is.
Posted by: Plato's Stepchild | 2006-01-28 8:59:17 PM
How about Preston as the UN rep. That might shake it up some.
Posted by: MikeP | 2006-01-28 10:17:51 PM
Preston Manning as the UN rep would be a very inspired choice. Preston would never SHUT UP if he was on a roll and I think he would really shake up that corrupt outfit (Much like he once did in the House of Commons - those smug bay streeters had never seen a prarie whirlwind until they found themselves eating Reform dirt - I cheered in the living room, one day, for Mr. Daryl Stinson). The UN WOULD stand for something decent or it would go down in a howling heap, if Preston was appointed to go in there to root out the crooks and help restore some purpose for the place other than spending money on fancy trips abroad, figuring out how to bankrupt the free world, funneling poor nations resources into UN officials (and others) bank accounts, etc etc. Mr. Harper would be sending Mr. Bolton a able allie for the good and he would be sending Kofi a nightmare!! All good in my opinion.
Posted by: jema54j | 2006-01-29 1:24:06 AM
Send the oilman. He'll get along great with Dubya and drive our own moonbats crazy. It's all about the OIIIILLLLL!!!!
Michael Wilson? The finance minister who ran up hundreds of billions of dollars of debt that we're still paying off? The finance minister who raised taxes so much that the Chretien Liberals were actually able to cut them when they got in? The guy who made the GST rebate for the non-working so large that welfare cases found themselves getting a couple of $300 cheques each year that they never expected? Well, on the postive side, I suppose you could call him one of the fathers of the Reform Party.
Posted by: CJ | 2006-01-29 2:57:50 AM
Preston Manning for UN. Absolutely. Why NOT try honesty? What's the sticking point?
Posted by: EBD | 2006-01-29 3:14:44 AM
No way. I say Myron Thompson or Rob Anders or US Ambassador even though we're in a minority situation!
Posted by: Ace | 2006-01-29 3:35:44 AM
Send Morgan to Washington and Manning to NYC. Good choices for both, even though the Tronna Star and the Gloat and Wail will whine and complain more than usual about them. For the good of the people, not the Toronto Corporations, effective representation is required, not party hacks like McKenna, Raymond Chretien (ex-criminal PM's nephew no less), de Chastelaine, etc. If Toronto doesn't like it: GOOD!
Posted by: Scott | 2006-01-29 10:32:30 AM
If he is not made Clerk of the Privy Council, my bet is on Peter Harder as our next Ambassador.
Other possible candidates in my mind could include Jim Judd (head of CSIS) or Jon Fried.
Mike Wilson is an outside bet, but Gwyn Morgan ain't in the running.
Just my two cents.
Posted by: Two Cents | 2006-01-29 11:22:03 AM
Draft Mark Steyn for the UN
Posted by: Artemis | 2006-01-29 1:16:53 PM
Preston Manning at the UN is a great choice. This will make life more interesting as we read about the reform happening in UN and the rats jumping out of the ship!
As an ambassador in Washington, someone who could negociate issues and rebuild our relationship with US.
Posted by: Rémi houle | 2006-01-29 1:26:39 PM
Why would Canada waste Preston Manning on the UN .... an organization so corrupt and decadent it is beyond redemption. I'm all for Morgan going to Washington but let's find something for Manning where he is really needed and can use his talents effectively.
Posted by: BCer | 2006-01-29 2:28:30 PM
Posted by: Scott | 2006-01-29 3:50:50 PM
Got to find a leader for the Liberal Party too. I am a virulent supporter of the Draft Paul Hellyer movement. He would be very down-to-earth compared to the space aliens who have run the Liberal Party in recent times.
Posted by: Bob & Ulli | 2006-01-29 8:16:04 PM
Hellyer? Hell yeah! Then he can unify the Liberals, NDP and Green Party (they're basically the same anyway). If anyone knows how to unify something and drive it straight into the ground, it's Hellyer.
Posted by: Scott | 2006-01-29 10:17:15 PM
Anyone know if Lewis MacKenzie is still around? Does one have to be an MP to get a position like this? - perhaps Mac for defence minister?
Posted by: John Brown | 2006-01-30 11:13:45 AM
Why in the hell would Harper dig up Wilson from the grave? Surely there are enough YOUNG, bright and upcoming people within the ranks. I sure as hell didn't vote for Harper to see any of that crew back in power. Manning is a first choice for sure and Harper sure as hell needs him at this point after all the ill thought out bonehead moves of late. Manning has the integrity that most politicians can only dream about and brighter than any on the political scene today.
Posted by: Western Canadian | 2006-02-16 12:38:37 PM
I met Michael Wilson years ago at a Tory function.
He's a superficially impressive kind of guy, charismatic in a Clark Kent kind of way. He likes to give lip service to small-c conservative ideals.
For example, shortly after the Canadian Constitution was "repatriated" by Pierre Trudeau, I asked Wilson when, if ever, the Tories would push for the inclusion of property rights in said document. He assured me it was a top priority for the party.
Sure, he's leaps and bounds ahead of Frank McKenna, but is Wilson the best Harper can do?
Posted by: Matthew Vadum | 2006-02-16 9:13:06 PM
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