The notwithstanding clause the Liberal PM Paul Martin should firstly be worried about.. (Micah 7:13 KJV) Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.'Suggestion made on a whim? Liberals relying on voter ignorance and apathy to win because they cannot do it on their own merits It's official: Paul Martin and the Liberals have no moral or ethical high ground and must be removed from office. You only have to look for the answer to the following: Why would Martin, all of a sudden, pledge to scrap the notwithstanding clause from the Charter of Rights during the debate and then challenge Stephen Harper to commit to the same? This completely indefensible action reeks of desperation, panic and is shameless, even for the Liberals. This tactic had only one purpose, to provoke Harper on the issue of same-sex marriage. I congratulate him and the other leaders for ignoring the taunt and taking the high road. I am appalled that the current prime minister of my country would use his podium to make such a comment without consultation or debate that includes the input of everyday Canadians. Changing the Charter of Rights (a truly decent document created by a Liberal) requires much debate by everyone since it applies to everyone. If Martin truly feels that "notwithstanding" should be removed, why hasn't he done it already? The Liberals have had 12 years to do as they please, why has this major issue only come up now? Why? Desperation and ignorance. The Liberals, once again, are relying on voter ignorance and apathy in order to win because they cannot do it based on their own merits. "
"Once again, we see our prime minister making policy announcements on the fly in a veiled partisan attempt to reopen the debate on gay marriage while at the same time rubbing salt in the wounds of Quebecers. What is more interesting is that of all the federal party leaders, only the prime minister has admitted to wishing to use this clause of the Constitution. At the passage of the legislation changing the federal government's definition of marriage, Martin stated that he would use the notwithstanding clause to protect those religious groups and their functionaries who would refuse to perform gay marriages. What are we now to believe? Does Martin support the notwithstanding clause or not? Martin's flip-flop on the notwithstanding clause is just another example of a leader and government that has lost its way. "Times of India - OTTAWA: Canadian prime minister Paul Martin, fighting for his political survival ahead of the January 23 federal election, came under concerted attack during a leaders' debate on Monday from opponents who said he had presided over widespread corruption. The ruling Liberals have been in power for 12 years but recent polls show Martin's minority government is likely to be ousted by the opposition Conservatives amid anger over a major kickback scandal and other suggestions of wrongdoing. Martin said he had apologised for "a disgraceful period"Canada's Conservatives edge closer to election win Reuters.uk, UK - By David Ljunggren. OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's opposition Conservatives swept into a commanding position in the polls on Tuesday ahead of the January 23 federal election, increasing the chances of a major shift in the political landscape after 12 years of Liberal rule. An EKOS Research poll for the Toronto Star and La Presse newspapers showed the Conservatives of Stephen Harper have the support of 39.1 percent of voters, with the Liberals trailing far behind with 26.8 percent. The figures suggest the Conservatives have a good chance of forming a majority government, an outcome that looked impossible just a week ago. At the start of the campaign, Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberals seemed set to retain power, albeit with another minority government reliant on the support of other parties. But the Liberals have been hit hard by the aftermath of a major kickbacks scandal as well as increasing voter fatigue with a party that has been in power since late 1993. Martin's slide in the polls started in late December when police said they were probing whether someone in the finance minister's office had leaked sensitive tax policy information. The Liberals now look set to increase their personal attacks on Harper, which could help eat into his support in the run-up to January 23 and deprive him of an outright victory. But that will do little to dispel criticism of what has been an uninspired campaign by the 67-year-old Martin, who looks tired and is having trouble reaching out to voters. This prompted more questions about Liberal ethics, a topic which dominated a televised debate between party leaders on Monday night despite attempts by Martin to portray Harper as a man bent on curbing personal freedoms. But the EKOS poll and other surveys over the past week -- all of which put the Conservatives in the lead -- suggest Canadians are more prepared to give Harper a chance.
What the PM and the Liberals wrongfully really had failed to see is how really disgusted against the Liberals are the Canadian citizens still .. disgusted now just as they had become disgusted with the ex PM Brian Mulroney..