What is the Paul Martin Legacy?
Tonight the Liberal Party of Canada pays tribute to former Prime Minister Paul Martin. He was the PM-in-waiting for a number of years, was successful as the Minister of Finance and inherited the mantle of leader from Jean Chretien when the the Liberals were riding high in the polls and had a majority government. Back in early 2004, the Liberals enjoyed a whopping 25 point lead (Lib 48%, Combined CA/PC 23%).
Canadians had very high expectations for Paul Martin. Within a few weeks of becoming PM Sheila Fraser uncovered the Sponsorship Scandal and the rest his history. The 25 point advantage melted away.
He snatched a minority government from the Conservatives in the 2004 election and lost the 2006, with the Liberals trailing in third in popular support in his home province - Quebec.
Now that the Liberals are reflecting on his legacy….I’d like to open a discussion on Paul Martin. What are your thoughts of the man, the former party leader and the former Prime Minister.
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