Turning Over A New Maple Leaf

Paul Martin has big plans, but is Canada ready for a larger role in the world?

The crowd, packed into the cavernous Air Canada Centre arena in downtown Toronto last Friday night, had been trying to control their excitement as the moment approached when their hero was to take the stage. A rock star of politics, he didn't disappoint. Clad in the distinctive garb that has made him famous worldwide, he challenged the audience to remember those suffering under the burden of crippling debt or dying from AIDS. But Canada, he said, with a most un-Canadian sense of self-congratulation, was alive with a sense of idealism. When he finished his speech, his rapturous fans were ready to...

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