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Big John has a long row to hoe

Hoover Time... Or, in the technical vernacular, time for Canada's Finance Minister and Deputy PM to do some major sucking up. John Manley got started last week with his surprise announcement that he was dropping out of the leadership race. He declared Paul Martin the next Prime Minister of Canada and said he would be "excellent." Mr. Manley is even going to start consulting with him on decisions, though Mr. Martin is still technically only a backbencher and a leadership candidate. Coming from one of the current PM's staunchest defenders, this statement appears to have pushed Jean Chrétien's into official lame duck territory and really piles on the pressure for him to leave before next February.

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Big John has a long row to hoe

Hoover Time... Or, in the technical vernacular, time for Canada's Finance Minister and Deputy PM to do some major sucking up. John Manley got started last week with his surprise announcement that he was dropping out of the leadership race. He declared Paul Martin the next Prime Minister of Canada and said he would be "excellent." Mr. Manley is even going to start consulting with him on decisions, though Mr. Martin is still technically only a backbencher and a leadership candidate. Coming from one of the current PM's staunchest defenders, this statement appears to have pushed Jean Chrétien's into official lame duck territory and really piles on the pressure for him to leave before next February.

  

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Sunday, March 1, 2015
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Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

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Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
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The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
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PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
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PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
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The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
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The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
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CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
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Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.

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