04 October 2004

New parliament -- for how long?

As the new Parliament convenes today, all eyes are on the party leaders to see how they co-operate or fail to do so in an unusual minority government situation -- the 10th in Canada's history. Conservative leader Stephen Harper charges that Paul Martin's Liberals are courting early defeat by not being sufficient co-operative. The Hill Times' Angelo Persichilli asks whether Martin has a worked out plan to govern with a minority or whether he will simply respond to the opposition parties whenever they raise a fuss. We shall soon see.

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