Monday, February 06, 2006

Farewell to Paul Martin -our deficit slayer - Editorial - Less than a PM's fond farewell: "The greatest impact of his short stint in our nation's highest office is the one that will be felt by future prime ministers.
His predecessor coasted for a decade with no credible opposition to call him to account. Martin believed he could do the same and it led to his downfall.
Conservative changes will reduce the oppressive powers of the PMO that were abused by both Martin and Jean Chretien before him.
Martin does deserve praise for taking on the heavy burden of leadership -- one that often exacts a steep personal toll.
He's right that history will judge him, but at this point in time, it appears the chief lesson of his defeat is that the free ride is over for prime ministers in this country.
That spells relief for Canada. "

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