PM Paul Martin to address the nation

PRIME MINISTER ADDRESSES THE NATION

Prime Minister Paul Martin will address the nation on Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 7:45 pm. in a news conference from his House of Commons office.

Prime Minister Martin will speak about the sponsorship program and the current situation in Parliament.

The message will be delivered in both official languages and he will speak for approximately five to six minutes.

The Prime Minister will not call for the dissolution of Parliament or seek the prorogation of Parliament.

The Prime Minister will address how unproductive and partisan the current atmosphere has become.

He will be direct in saying what he has done in regard to the sponsorship program and what he believes should be done to address the current political climate.

The decision to give his statement at this time of day is designed to ensure the greatest number of Canadians can see and hear firsthand what he has to say.

Well, unless he’s calling to offer an apology to Canadians on behalf of the Liberal Party, this move is not one that impresses me.

Let’s look at the facts: The liberal party has quite clearly lost the confidence of the majority of the elected members of parliament. These are the folks that represent US — the Canadian citizens — in Ottawa. If, then, a house majority as well as the majority of Canadians have lost confidence in the current governing party, it is imperative for the survival of democracy that an election be called.

Instead, what the Liberal Party has proceeded to do is find every possible avenue to prevent an election call or a non-confidence vote.

This brings us to Martin’s talking point : ” The Prime Minister will address how unproductive and partisan the current atmosphere has become.”

Wouldn’t a large reason for the lack of productivity of parliament have something to do with the fact that the Liberals are scared to allow a vote on anything of importance at all?

And who exactly is being partisan? Last time I checked the Bloc Quebecois, the NDP and the Conservatives were getting along quite nicely, thank you very much. So the problem must be….?

Clearly what this amounts to is a pre-election campaign speech on the dime of the Canadian taxpayer.

And we’re going to love you all the more for that, Paul.

I can’t wait to say good riddance.

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