Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Belinda Stronach For Prime Minister!

Belinda Stronach finished second in the 2004 race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. But she came first in the plan to keep Paul Martin's minority government in office for a while longer.

Stronach, formerly the Conservative MP for the riding of Newmarket-Aurora - just north of Toronto - used to be the international trade critic for the official Opposition and member of the House of Commons standing committee on foreign affairs and international trade. Now that she has crossed the floor, she'll represent the riding for the Liberals.

"I cannot exaggerate how hard this was for me," Stronach told a news conference announcing her move to the Liberal caucus - and cabinet. "The country must come first."

Martin named Stronach human resources minister and put her in charge of seeing that the recommendations of the report of the Gomery inquiry are implemented.

CBC News Indepth: Belinda Stronach: "


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