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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
One left her sweater sitting on the train / and the other lost three fingers at the Cannery
— Neko Case, Margaret vs. Pauline
December 28, 2005
Whither Mr. Martin?

There’s one extremely pressing question that I’m struggling with in this election:

Who’s going to replace Paul Martin after this election?

Like it or not, Mr. Martin’s career as a politician is over at the end of this election: if he leads this government to another minority, Liberals will be crawling out of the woodwork looking for his head. This man was, remember, supposed to be king. He was supposed to win the largest Liberal majority ever, and lead Canada on a glorious parade into the New Liberal Era.

He has not. The Martin government has stumbled and stammered — literally — it’s way across the stage through its first minority term, and is about to do the same in 2006.

The only person who can come out of this OK, at least by my reading of the numbers, is if — and I think it’s a dark horse possibility, but a possibility nonetheless — Mr. Harper forms a minority government. If Mr. Harper returns to Ottawa as our Prime MInister in any form, he will survive.

Otherwise, expect to see the next face off betwee two new leaders, with only Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe surviving.

So let’s start guessing? Who’s going to be the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada? Will “John Manley:google and Alan Rock come back? Pierre Pettigrew? Belinda Stronach or Scott Brison — former Tories both?

Inquiring minds need to know.

Posted by skooter at 9:23 AM This entry is filed under Politics.
This entry is tagged: Conservative Party of Canada, Liberals, Paul Martin, Stephen Harper

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