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Open letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin

The Right Honourable Paul Martin
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister:

This past week you told Canadians that you have the moral authority to govern. When you became Prime Minister you told Canadians that you were accountable to us citizens. Being a leader means accepting responsibility for not only your own actions but also the actions of the members of your party, past and present.

Some times leaders must take the fall for others; this is what leadership is all about. When a political party is successful usually the leader of the party receives the rewards and credit for all of the hard work of its members. Likewise, a leader takes responsibility when his members have acted illegally or engaged in corruption. One of the foremost traits of being a Prime Minister is being answerable and accountable to Canadians while taking responsibility for the conduct of not only yourself but those under you--whether good or bad.

Therefore if the allegations of corruption and criminality against your party are true then you as the leader of your party should take the responsibility and accept blame for these past actions. Not only would this garner you respect but it would demonstrate the accountability that you claim to represent -- even if you lose your position in power.

Mr. Martin I ask you to show some dignity and not speak for Canadians on whether you have the moral authority to Canadians. Furthermore you should not speak for Canadians on whether you deserve the right to govern. If you believe in your heart that you are innocent and that you have the authority to govern then you should have no reservations about letting Canadians decide for you. Being accountable means not making excuses to why events in the past occurred. Being a leader is being accountable for those past actions whether good or bad. Being accountable is what makes a dignified leader. Demonstrating integrity commands respect; demonstrating cowardice proves corruption.

Mr. Martin I ask you, as a fellow Canadian, to demonstrate accountability, dissolve your parliament and call an election to let the majority of citizens decide whether you deserve the right to govern. We should not have to wait for the opposition parties to bring down your government for this to occur. You are the leader of our great Country; this task should be undertaken by you and only you, regardless of the presumed outcome. If you are going to take the fall for the actions of your members, in order to be remembered with respect, then fall with dignity instead of falling in denial.

Cowardice is the corruption of prudence; however integrity is a virtue of morality. A leader who points fingers and blames his member’s is a coward. A leader that accepts blame is prudent; for it is prudence that immediately demonstrates possession of honest principles. Hence, if you want to demonstrate your integrity and accountability then stop being a coward, call an election, and earn your right to govern. If you do not, then by reason of logic, you have lost your moral authority to govern.

M.K. Braaten
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4/16/2005 03:38:00 PM

Reading that last paragraph...you should be a speech writer!    

4/16/2005 10:24:00 PM

Well done!    

4/17/2005 10:18:00 AM

Well, that seems to be a fair and reasonable request. If Mr. Martin has nothing to hide, it should not be up to the Opposition to force an election. Mr. Martin, do the honorable thing, dissolve the Parliament, call an election and face the people if you think you have the 'moral authority' to govern.    

4/17/2005 10:21:00 AM

Here is the liberal record of scandal

Mr. Martin, you are not so far removed from any of it.    

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