Sporting a leather jacket and open-collared blue shirt, Liberal leader Paul Martin tried to play both defense and offense today during a campaign whistlestop in Victoria. Speaking to a packed conference room of supporters at the swanky Hotel Grand Pacific, Martin told the Garden City faithful that a re-elected Liberal administration would eliminate the federal government's $975 immigrant landing fee - an announcement that would have likely won more votes and ethnic media attention in multicultural centre that is Vancouver. But, as it stands right now, the news value of that gainesburger will likely expire at tomorrow when Mr. Martin makes a number of major and expected healthcare announcements. The Grit's grand chieftain, who is headed to Terminal City, also tried to monger some fear against Conservatives, noting the "fundamental difference" between himself and Stephen Harper was that the Tory leader would "leave Canadian families to fend for themselves." Meanwhile, rumours were circulating at the event that the Liberals will be rolling out a round of made-in-British Columbia advertising on Thursday - supporting the release of their region-specific platform on Friday.
January 3, 2006