Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin blasted the Conservative government Saturday for squandering federal surpluses and putting Canada's health-care network in jeopardy.
Joining Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff's election tour, Martin said the figures in the Tory platform were not credible, including billions of dollars in proposed cuts that did not appear in the federal budget last month.
Greeting a crowd of hundreds of supporters in Edmonton, Ignatieff joked about the Tory's fiscal record in government.
He noted that no Conservative prime minister had eliminated a federal deficit ...
Harper to blame for lack of child care program in Canada, former PM says
OTTAWA – Former prime minister Paul Martin is reminding Canadians that the country did have a national child-care program up and running – and the reason there isn’t one today is because it was dismantled by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.
A national child-care system was unveiled this week as the centerpiece of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff’s future election platform – no matter how bare the fiscal cupboard is—and was immediately dismissed as too costly and ...
Former prime minister called on for his expertise in eliminating deficits while he was finance minister in the '90s
Former prime minister Paul Martin, finance minister in the 1990s when Canada's dangerously high federal deficit was tackled and then eliminated, said Thursday he's been engaged in "informal" discussions with several European ministers and senior officials seeking advice on how to confront that continent's debt crisis.
Martin, who wouldn't reveal the countries involved, said his general advice for any government imposing tough medicine on the public is to be upfront about the ...