The Maple Lounge has obtained an advance press copy of Paul Martin's speech to the nation scheduled for tomorrow. Although this is only a draft, our always reliable source inside the Liberal party confirms that mere cosmetic changes will be made for the final televised version of the speech.
Greetings fellow Canadians.
I want to begin today by expressing my appreciation, on behalf of all Parliamentarians and indeed all Canadians, for the fine work being done by all those involved in Justice Gomery's inquiry. The elected members of Canada's government must be held accountable for all their actions, and nowhere is this more clear than when it comes to how taxpayer's dollars are spent.
The Liberal government has recently introduced sweeping changes for the future of Canada's foreign policy, with a special focus on defending our nation. The threat of terrorism is very real, as much for us as for our American neighbours to the south. Recently there has been a lot of talk about tightening the borders between our great nations, turning our continent into a veritable fortress.I have engaged in talks with our NAFTA partners, and we came to the conclusion that the best way to protect North America is to simply get rid of the rest of the world
. Effective immediately, any landmass that is not part of North America has been terminated
. Of course a special provision was made for Great Britain due to Canada's ties with the monarch and English support for America's invasion of Iraq.
Hopefully now it is clear to Steven Harper's Conservatives why we didn't enter the proposed American ballistic missile defence shield: The only country left able to shoot missiles at the USA is the USA.
With that out of the way, the main reason I have chosen to address the nation today is of course the inquiry into the federal sponsorship program and how the political fallout is affecting the business of Parliament.
When I began the official inquiry into the federal sponsorship program, I knew we would uncover details of the sordid and scandalous behaviour of prior federal regimes. I knew this would harm the political reputation of both my party and myself. Yet I believed, and continue to believe, that this was necessary for the good of all Canadians. The people of Canada have a right and a need to get to the bottom of this mess, which is why I called the Gomery inquiry.
I want to assure all Canadians that the work of the inquiry, while far from over, is both thorough and professional. This inquiry will go a long way towards ensuring that this type of thing never happens again in Canada.
As we anxiously await the results of this inquiry, a new threat has arisen. Steven Harper's Conservatives want to stop Justice Gomery's work before it is complete. Steven Harper and I both knew that the findings of the inquiry would hurt the Liberal party more than any other party, yet unlike Steven Harper I believe that this public inquiry is more important to Canadians than the political aims of any one party, or any singular person. Steven Harper, on the other hand, would use the Gomery inquiry as a slingshot towards seizing control of the country.
The opposition have threatened to force an election, which would bring a premature end to the inquiry into the sponsorship program. The Conservatives would deprive Canadians of the truth they deserve and so desperately long for. Steven Harper would use Justice Gomery's work as cheap political capital, which when spent is lost forever.
The federal sponsorship scandal has stung Canadians. We want the truth, we want our government to be held accountable and we want justice. Steven Harper, by erasing everything the Gomery inquiry has achieved thusfar, cannot be said to want anything near what Canadians want. Steven Harper is just another person trying to profit from the sponsorship program.
Despite several promises to cooperate and to always keep the best interests of Canadians in mind, the opposition parties have instead decided to create a partisan Parliament incapable of any real progress.
It is clear that the minority government is failing.
I have chosen to speak directly to each and every Canadian tonight because I have an important promise to announce. I will dissolve Parliament immediately following the conclusion of the Gomery inquiry. This is the only way to ensure that the people of Canada get the truth and justice they seek. Canadians will get their say once they know all the facts. I will not allow the opposition parties to perpetuate the cycle of shameful federal governments.
I understand if this scandal has tainted your impression of the Liberal party. Rest assured that we are the only party interested in discovering the full truth about the sponsorship program. The Conservatives would strike down the public inquiry for their own benefit, whereas the NDP will continue to form their policy around whatever happens to slip out of Jack Layton's mouth. Of course, nobody else listens to Jack Layton because he eats babies.
My fellow Canadians, I bid you a good night.