EARLIER THIS YEAR, the federal government announced that Canada will not join the U.S. ballistic missile defence initiative. It was Paul Martin’s Liberals who made the decision, but Stephen Harper’s Conservatives didn’t disagree. The consensus in Ottawa is that while the U.S. may be disappointed with Canada’s choice, we’re not really missing anything by being outside the tent on missile defence.By ELINOR SLOAN8 min
WHEN PEOPLE on Parliament Hill talk about Scott Reid, Prime Minister Paul Martin’s close adviser and spokesman, the conversation invariably turns to a remarkable piece of television that aired on CBC shortly after the 2004 election. Near the end of the documentary detailing the ups and downs of the campaign, Reid is talking about the qualities that make Martin a great leader when his voice cracks, his eyes well up and suddenly he’s struggling to hold back tears.By Can a political street fighter with a short fuse rebuild the PM’s image?, STEVE MAICH7 min
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