STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER
May 17,2005

Prime Minister Paul Martin today made the following statement: "Last night, after returning from Atlantic Canada, I met with Belinda Stronach at 24 Sussex Drive to talk with her about the current political situation, about all that is at stake with Thursday’s vote on the budget -- and, most of all, about what is required to build a stronger, better future for all Canadians.

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER
May 11,2005

Canada has a long and proud Parliamentary tradition, and there are rules and conventions that guide that tradition. Rules and conventions that are older than any of us.


ADDRESS BY PRIME MINISTER PAUL MARTIN TO THE FAREWELL DINNER OF V-E DAY 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
May 09,2005


ADDRESS BY PRIME MINISTER PAUL MARTIN TO THE NATION
April 21,2005

Good evening.

I want to talk to you directly tonight – about the problems in the sponsorship program; about how I’ve responded to them as your prime minister; and about the timing of the next general election.

Let me speak plainly: what happened with the sponsorship file occurred on the watch of a Liberal government. Those who were in power are to be held responsible. And that includes me.

I was the Minister of Finance. Knowing what I've learned this past year, I am sorry that we weren’t more vigilant - that I wasn't more vigilant. Public money was misdirected and misused. That’s unacceptable. And that is why I apologized to the Canadian people a year ago.

Government Introduces International Policy Statement
April 20,2005

The Government of Canada has introduced in Parliament its International Policy Statement -- A Role of Pride and Influence in the World, Canada’s first integrated plan designed to strengthen its role in the world. Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government’s commitment to reinvesting in a bold new vision for Canada’s international policy as it is implemented by the government’s four major international departments.

Op-ed by The Honourable Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board
April 19,2005

We are all vulnerable to the actions of those who commit illegal acts. Political parties are no exception. The real test of character is what you did when you became aware of a problem. It is his actions upon receiving evidence of wrong doing that distinguish Prime Minister Martin.

PRIME MINISTER PAUL MARTIN'S SCRUM FOLLOWING CAUCUS MEETING
April 13,2005

PRIME MINISTER PAUL MARTIN: I just want to make a brief statement. I know you're going to have questions about my reaction to David Kilgour, so let me just say that Mr. Kilgour feels that he doesn't belong in our caucus; so be it. I'm not interested in working with those who won't stand with their colleagues when it comes time to cleaning up the sponsorship problems. Now I have something else that I would like to say, and reflecting essentially what I have just said to my caucus.

Prime Minister Paul Martin comments on the Gomery Commission
April 11,2005

REPORTER: ...question in English whether you think that you have the moral authority to govern, and also, what do you think you need to do to convince Canadians that you do have that authority?

An Open Letter to Liberals from Prime Minister Paul Martin
April 11,2005

In recent days, testimony at the Gomery Commission has captured a great deal of public attention. It has also given rise to allegations about the Liberal Party itself and, by extension, all of us who are members. I felt it was important to write you on this subject and share my perspective and my pride in all of you as Liberals and activists.

As Leader and Prime Minister, I want party members everywhere to remember that it was this Liberal government that established the Gomery Commission – precisely in order to see that anyone who might have used the Liberal name to profit from national unity would be identified and punished. Similarly, if there are those who abused our party’s trust by using their position or their association with it, they have done a terrible disservice to the people of Canada and the members of our Party.

Like all Liberals and all Canadians, I'm offended by what I've heard in recent testimony. If even part of it turns out to be true, it is abhorrent to us all.

As It Happens, CBC Radio One interview with Steven MacKinnon, National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada.
April 11,2005

CBC: It's their party, but they won't cry no matter how they want to. Many grassroots Liberals are worried that the latest revelations from the Gomery Inquiry may end their run as Canada's natural governors. But the behind the scenes brass are putting on brave faces. Steven MacKinnon is the National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada, we reached him in Ottawa. Mr. MacKinnon, you are still with the Liberal Party?

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