OTTAWA — It was the moment when Art Carney became one of the most powerful central bankers in the world.
Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe inadvertently promoted the late actor to the position of governor of the Bank of England during Friday night's French-language debate.
Older demographics might know Art Carney for his role as Ed Norton, sewer worker, in the Jackie Gleason sitcom "The Honeymooners." Mark Carney, on the other hand — the former head of the Bank of Canada — runs the Bank of England.
It took Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to correct Duceppe, but not before Twitter users got a hold of it.
"If Art Carney's the governor of the Bank of England, I appoint Don Knotts RCMP commissioner," Joseph Planta tweeted.
"He had a senior moment," chimed in Al Smith of Brampton, Ont., referring to Duceppe. "He is old enough to remember Art Carney as Norton in "The Honeymooners." A slip of the lip."
"'Mr Harper, I knew Art Carney. Art Carney was a friend of mine. Mr Harper, you're no Art Carney,'" tweeted Derek Smith from Toronto.
Former Conservative MP Monte Solberg tweeted: "Hat tip to Art Carney but for some reason no one quoting Jackie Gleason: 'To the moon, Alice.'"
Coincidentally, Duceppe's slip proved timely: "The Honeymooners" made its television debut 60 years ago Thursday.
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