Today in Newfoundland Martin stood, straight faced and said:
"The future of that budget really is in the hands of Loyola Hearn and Norman Doyle (Newfoundland's Conservative MPs) . . . Depending on how they vote will [decide] whether, in fact, the budget succeeds or not. So the Atlantic accords are in their hands and I really hope they do the right thing."
If he's not selling the financial undertakings of the nation to Buzz Hargrove, or offering our troops to political-prostitute Dave Kilgour, or buying votes in Quebec with money for Bombardier, Martin is trying to sell a bill of goods to the Canadian public.
By placing the blame for his tattered government on the shoulders of two Conservative MPs, Martin again shirks responsibility for the failures of his own leadership.
First it was Harper's fault for withdrawing support for the budget. Martin wants us to forget that Harper decided to stop propping up the government when the Liberal's cancelled Opposition Days. Prior to that point, Harper had said he would not defeat the budget -- which is not the same as 'supporting' it. All of which of course, led to the televised solicitation of pity.
Blame, blame everywhere and not a drop for him.
Martin has governed with naked ambition as his driving force. He has no ideas, no vision, no passion to serve. In his quest for the role he coveted for so long, those surrounding him failed to notice the man is but a sponge. He soaks up policy and ideology from other parties, from lobbyists, or rock stars and with each lie he utters, he oozes contempt for the public he pretends to represent.
I sometimes wonder if Paul Martin orchestrated Adscam, expecting it would blow up in Chretien's face, only to find himself holding the powder keg.
There is a lot of buying and selling going on. All the Liberal-sucklings wait, mouths agape. I don't believe Hearn or Doyle will buy the rubbish Martin's selling -- nor will they sell out their country for a piece of the action.