Canadians wanted Mr. Chrétien to leave, and Mr. Martin to succeed him. It is a statistically incontrovertible fact that Mr. Chrétien left office with his own popularity and that of his party in better shape than prime ministers Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau or Brian Mulroney.The upcoming election is going to be actually interesting. The Liberals attacking each other. I think the Conservatives are going to implode through their own gutlessness and actually elect Harper their leader making them the 60 seat party they apparently long to be. I am like the new NDP ads. The BQ is getting undeserved support through perceived slandering of the Belle Province and some of its corporate leader's need to have free box seats for Habs games. It's all a sign of the end times and it all goes back to Brian Mulroney and his fracturing of the Tories.
The Martinites, however, had so convinced themselves of the contrary during their fierce guerrilla fight to secure the leadership that rather than uniting the party in victory, they carried on the civil war, convinced that Canadians demanded blood, and the more of it the better.
The bloodletting will not stop. Bitter nomination battles beckon. There will be more tales told of untendered contracts for Mr. Martin's friends, Canada Steamship Lines; vote-buying by Mr. Martin's agents in British Columbia; meetings Mr. Martin attended when Quebec sponsorships were discussed; lawsuits by the dismissed, testimony before inquiries.
Martin on Martin
Posted by Alan McLeod on Thursday, March 4, 2004 in News, Politics, Events, Books, Mags, Newspapers, Comics - 3 comments
Lawrence Martin of The Globe and Mail says some interesting things about Paul Martin and the unsheathing of the long knives: