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An inside account of Paul Martin's decades-long campaign
for the prime minister's chair: how he did it, at what cost, and
where he will take the country in the years ahead
The most riveting political contest of the past decade has
not been fought at the polling booths, nor on the floor of the
House of Commons: it has been waged, mostly out of sight, within
the palace ranks of the ruling Liberal Party.
In the early 1990s, Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin forged a
political alliance that kept the Liberals comfortably in power and
the Opposition in disarray: Martin's fundamental retooling of
government spending and winning economic policies gave lustre to
Chrétien's leadership; Chrétien's support for his star minister
gave Martin a pedestal for his larger ambitions.
Those ambitions could not be higher. Since the early eighties,
Martin's interest in political office has meant interest in the
prime minister's office. At the 1990 leadership convention,
however, he finished second to Chrétien. Their corrosive rivalry
and very different political styles could not be buried for long:
their duel for supremacy - played out only partly in public view -
culminated in the infamous weekend in June 2002 when Martin was
fired - or did he walk? - from Chretién's cabinet.
Juggernaut charts in intimate detail Martin's long journey
to the leadership now within his grasp. Central to that story is
the role played by Martin's corps of committed kingmakers - public
relations experts, savvy pollsters, and true believers -who will
have enormous influence on the prime ministership to be.
Based on extraordinary access to players from all camps,
Juggernaut offers Canadians an inside account of the rise
of the man now poised to take power, how he got there, at what
cost, and where he will take the country in the years ahead.