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It's the democratic deficit, stupid

Liberals were angry with Paul Martin over his speech at Toronto's Osgoode Hall last week in which he criticized the Prime Minister's stranglehold on government. Mr. Martin proposed a series of Parliamentary reforms to allow individual MPs more say in government policy, but he may as well have shot a cannon through the windows of the Langevin Block. Mr. Martin was lambasted as a Johnny-come-lately, a Johnny-come-lightly and a blistering hypocrite. All true enough perhaps, but this is the world's longest Liberal leadership race and it's about time the favoured candidate put some meat on his leadership promises. He did that last week. Only time will tell if he's a hypocrite. And we're not going to crucify him for introducing good ideas in the meantime.

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It's the democratic deficit, stupid

Liberals were angry with Paul Martin over his speech at Toronto's Osgoode Hall last week in which he criticized the Prime Minister's stranglehold on government. Mr. Martin proposed a series of Parliamentary reforms to allow individual MPs more say in government policy, but he may as well have shot a cannon through the windows of the Langevin Block. Mr. Martin was lambasted as a Johnny-come-lately, a Johnny-come-lightly and a blistering hypocrite. All true enough perhaps, but this is the world's longest Liberal leadership race and it's about time the favoured candidate put some meat on his leadership promises. He did that last week. Only time will tell if he's a hypocrite. And we're not going to crucify him for introducing good ideas in the meantime.

  

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Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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