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Canada's Conservatives Fail To Capitalize On Liberal Scandal.

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Checking in on the Canadian government scandal:

The Liberal Party government of Prime Minister Paul Martin narrowly survived on Thursday after the speaker of the House of Commons broke a tie vote, averting an early election sought by the opposition Conservatives....

The vote followed a month-long political drama that has taken on soap-opera dimensions with tales of scandal, a broken heart, secret tape recordings and allegations of political betrayal.

A week ago Martin appeared on the verge of losing his minority-party grip on power, with Liberals shaken by testimony of kickbacks and payoffs in a government-run public relations program. On Tuesday, his position improved when Stronach abruptly abandoned the Conservatives after a late-night dinner with the prime minister.

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Stephen Harper, the Conservative leader, criticized as brazen payoffs the cabinet post given to Stronach and the parade of new spending promises made by Martin in recent days.

"The Liberals bought a Pyrrhic victory, one that will sow the seeds of its own destruction," Harper told his party after the vote. "In setting out to win at all costs," he said, the Liberal Party had engineered "an unfortunate result for the country for the moment."

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Captain's Quarters blog has more on the ineffectuality of Canada's Conservative Party.

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Canada's Liberals have reason to smile. They certainly got the best of the Conservatives, for now, at least.

Posted by Will Franklin · 20 May 2005 11:38 AM

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