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A Brief Comment on Paul Martin
15/11/2003

I didn't see his speech last night, so I can't say a whole lot about it. This morning, however, both James Bow and Warren Kinsella have had some things to say about our next prime minister.

Warren's comments reflect the inside maneuverings within the Liberal Party. Based on his closing line, it would seem as if peace will be short-lived.

James' comments are more immediately relevant for Canadians, because he writes about what sort of prime minister Paul Martin will be. I agree with much of what he wrote, so you might as well go and read it.

Paul Martin has made a lot of promises to a lot of people. That's what happens when you are running so long in a race by yourself. There's no reality check. So, right now, different groups (like those concerned about cities) are looking forward to the advent of the Martin years. I'm sure he'll deliver on these promises to some extent. How much, remains to be seen.

As for the possible downside of Paul Martin, I'm not too afraid about him shifting us to the right. But that's in theory, and my feelings may change when I see the application. What I am concerned about is how he will manage relations with the United States. His comments earlier this year -- when Chretien was taking some heat over making the Iraq decision -- make me worry that he may be sycophantic. That would bother me a lot, because it is painful to watch your country make mistakes just because someone else is making them too.

Still, as a guy that grew up in Windsor, there's a part of me that's happy to have Paul Martin as prime minister. I know that Junior doesn't have much of a connection to the place, but I always feel like most Canadians don't even know that Windsor exists.


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