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  Martin, Paul
NamePaul Martin
LaSalle, Québec , Canada
Born August 28, 1938 (79 years)
Last ModifedJ.R.
Jun 23, 2008 09:50pm
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InfoPaul Edgar Philippe Martin

Mr. Martin was the 21st Prime Minister of Canada and is the Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard in Montreal, Quebec. He was first elected federally in 1988.

The Liberal Party of Canada won the 1993 General Election and Mr. Martin was sworn in as Minister of Finance. He served in that role from November 1993 until June 2002.

In the months leading up to the November 2003 Liberal Leadership Convention, Mr. Martin garnered unprecedented support from Liberals right across the country.

As Prime Minister, Mr. Martin succeeded in negotiating a ten year, 41 billion dollar plan to improve health care and reduce wait times. He signed agreements with all provinces to establish a national early learning and child care program. And under his leadership in November 2005, the Canadian Government reached an historic consensus with Canada's provinces, territories, First Nations, Métis and Inuit people that would eliminate the gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians in the areas of health, education, housing and economic opportunity. It became known as the Kelowna Accord.

During his time as finance minister, Canada recorded five consecutive budget surpluses, erased a $42 billion deficit, paid down more than $36 billion in debt, invested in health care and other key priorities and put in place the largest tax cuts in Canadian history.

As Canada's finance minister, Mr. Martin was highly regarded on the world stage and represented Canada at a series of international summits. In September 1999, he was named inaugural chair of the G-20, an international group composed of G-7 nations and emerging market nations. He is respected internationally in part for his leadership in forging a new world financial order in which emerging economies would be prevented from plunging into ruinous financial crises.

Mr. Martin studied philosophy and history at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1966.

Before entering politics, he had a distinguished career in the private sector as a business executive at Power Corporation of Canada, in Montreal, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Steamship Lines. In addition, he has been active with a wide range of community and service organizations.

He married Sheila Ann Cowan in 1965. Their first son, Paul, was born in 1966. Their second son, Jamie was born three years later and their youngest son, David, was born in 1974. David and his wife Laurence are the proud new parents of their son Ethan.


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11/09/2004-11/14/2004 Leger Marketing 45.00% ( 4.0) 48.00% ( 34.0) 7.00% ( 28.0)
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Hell or High Water: My Life in and out of Politics  Purchase Monsieur 

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Dec 27, 2008 12:00pm General Man of the Year - Paul Martin: For staying cool during the bubble  Article Monsieur 
Oct 27, 2008 09:30pm News [Former PM Paul] Martin turns book launch into partisan barn-burner  Article Monsieur 
Oct 04, 2006 06:35pm News Former PM makes rare appearance to bash Tory aboriginal policy  Article Monsieur 
Mar 17, 2006 08:00am Announcement Martin to resign this weekend as Liberal leader  Article Monsieur 
Feb 15, 2006 08:00pm General [Former PM] Martin 'astonished' by Emerson's jump to Tories  Article Monsieur 
Jan 25, 2006 12:00pm Statement Statement by the Prime Minister Paul Martin  Article Monsieur 

Importance? 8.00000 Average

Wife Sheila Martin 00, 1965-
Father Paul Joseph James Martin 1903-1992

  01/23/2006 CAN Prime Minister Lost 33.44% (-6.82%)
  01/23/2006 QC Parliament - LaSalle–Émard Won 48.41% (+19.68%)
  06/28/2004 CAN Prime Minister Won 43.83% (+11.69%)
  06/28/2004 QC Parliament - LaSalle–Émard Won 56.55% (+25.87%)
  12/12/2003 CAN Prime Minister Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/14/2003 Leadership Race - Liberal Party Won 93.89% (+87.78%)
  11/27/2000 QC Parliament - LaSalle–Émard Won 65.75% (+41.55%)
  06/02/1997 QC Parliament - LaSalle–Émard Won 59.05% (+35.38%)
  11/04/1993 CAN Minister of Finance Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  06/23/1990 Leadership Race - Liberal Party Lost 25.25% (-31.69%)
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