Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced he will leave office on December 12, allowing prime minister-designate Paul Martin to ascend to the office.
“We have agreed the 12th of December will be the date when … the new government will be sworn in.
“On the 12th, he (Martin) will be the prime minister,” Chretien said in a jam-packed press conference.
Paul Martin, 65, was elected late Friday by nearly 94 percent of Liberal Party delegates to be the party’s leader, who automatically becomes the next prime minister.
Chretien, 69, initially said he would retire in February 2004, but when the party’s organizing committee — which was packed with Martin supporters — decided to hold the leadership convention in November it created an usual period in which one leader was elected while another had not yet left office.
Finally, the period in which we have one lame duck Prime Minister and one PM-in-waiting will be over. And not a moment too soon.
Does anyone else suspect that, if not for the personal feud between Chretien and Martin, this would have happened a long time ago?