Thursday, September 27, 2012

20 Questions for Mark Carney

Updated below.

Off the top of my head and since this is becoming a bit of a thing, some questions for Mr. Carney to ponder, in no particular order.

1. Do you think war resisters should be able to stay in Canada?

2. What is your position on a woman's right to choose?

3. Do you favour cap and trade or a carbon tax and why? Or perhaps neither? And why?

4. Do you support electoral system reform? If so, what kind and why?

5. Do you enjoy talking about the random variety of issues raised in questions 1 - 4? Do you have positions on these issues? Are you prepared to defend your positions through and through and over and over?

6. What do you think of Liberalist?

7. What are a few of the challenges facing Liberal riding associations where you live? What are your solutions to fix those challenges?

8. Do you favour open nomination contests in ridings? A wide open Liberal leadership race?

9. Do you realize who has been "Liking" you on Facebook lately? Are you on Twitter? Do your retweets constitute endorsements?

10. Do you enjoy long bus rides? Packed with political staffers and media types?

11. Do you like door knocking?

12.  Can you inspire a room?

13. Do you like people?

14. Do you live and breathe politics? Are you willing to do so for a decade? Is it in your gut? Your heart?

15. Are you really bilingual or are you franglais bilingual? What's the game plan on the ground to win seats in Quebec?

16. Does a Harvard and Oxford trained "mensa central banker" go to Tim Hortons?

17. How would you help more women get involved in politics? Have you demonstrated an interest in promoting diversity during your very successful career?

18. Can you actually see yourself in the House of Commons? Leading the charge?

19. Were you Liberal Who? Come on, you can tell us.

20. At the very least, do you think you could just do us a solid and get in for a while?

Just wondering.

Update (Friday a.m.): Not really a surprise, he doesn't like bus rides: "In addition, all evidence suggests that the Liberals should abandon their dream of luring Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney into the fold, with bank officials on Thursday pointing to his past rejection of a candidacy in a televised interview."