There was no sign of cash-stuffed envelopes when former Progressive Conservative prime minister, Brian Mulroney, took the podium at the Royal York to urge fellow Tories to bury the hatchet and become - although he didn't actually use the word - a bit progressive again.
Most of what Mulroney said was delivered in a subtle, backhanded sort of way.
“This is a time to heal old wounds, not to settle old scores,” he said. “There should be no ideological impediments to our welcome, no narrowness of view or vindictiveness of spirit as we review, renew and rebuild.”
“We must approach the leadership change with prudence and care,” Mulroney said. “Time will be required to get it right.”
Mulroney said the rebuilding will have to include policies that appeal to a wide spectrum of voters.
"No ideological impediments... no narrowness of view or vindictiveness of spirit," indeed. Hell the old bugger has just captured the essence of Harper's movement conservatism. It seems Brian thinks that's gotta go only without any settling of old scores.
Policies that appeal to a wide spectrum of voters - voters who remain inherently progressive. Yeah, okay, I get the connection.
It sure sounds like Brian is quietly calling for a Progressive Conservative restoration. Not sure how Rona's going to like that.