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Martin spins to defend Minister under the gun

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Prime Minister Paul Martin’s spirited defense of embattled Finance Minister Relph Goodale is admirable in his loyalty to a trusted lieutenant but certainly nothing but an attempt at spinning a bad situation.

While speaking to the media, Martin said, “I believe that an investigation, as does he, will clear the air — including the allegation as to whether or not a leak actually took place. The RCMP have said that there is no evidence of wrongdoing on Mr. Goodale’s behalf, his office or his department.”

One has a very difficult time believing the RCMP would advise the Prime Minister of something as definitive as that just as the investigation is beginning. How could they possibly know what evidence they will or will not uncover when they have not yet begun the investigation?

Martin’s spin is nonsense and designed to deflect the calls for the resignation of a Minister under the cloud of a police investigation.
In the British parliamentary system, the Minister is responsible for the actions of his or her department. Traditionally, the Minister should fall on his sword should there be wrongdoing uncovered in the ministry. Equally, should that Minister be under a cloud of suspicion, then he or she should resign pending reinstatement when that cloud is lifted.
But, it would seem that only happens with an ethical government. That apparently does not include the government of Paul Martin.

Leo Knight


Written by Leo Knight

December 29, 2005 at 7:56 pm

Posted in Crime & Punishment

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  1. “I believe that an investigation, as does he, will clear the air — including the allegation as to whether or not a leak actually took place.”

    If Martin really believed what he said, he would have insisted that it would be they, not the NDP and others, who moved this to an RCMP investigation. Ironically, had they done that, they as the complainant would have been the ones to have received the letter from the Commissioner indicating there was enough information found to conclude a crime had likely taken place.


    December 31, 2005 at 9:16 pm

  2. what’s this i hear floating about that the libs are gunning for you?

    Ottawa Core

    January 3, 2006 at 3:11 am

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