2003
CANADA NEWS

Martin government blend of old and new

from CBC.ca archives | Fri, 12 Dec 2003

OTTAWA - Paul Martin took a public oath and made a personal pledge as he became Canada's 21st prime minister on Friday, installing a government he vows will bring change to Canadian politics.

Emerging from Rideau Hall to a bright winter day in Ottawa after he and his cabinet were sworn in, Martin said it's "a great day for me ... I'm very enthusiastic and I'm very proud of my cabinet."

Martin has always said his campaign for the prime minister's job wasn't inspired by his father, who grasped for but never attained the Liberal leadership in the 1950s and '60s.

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Paul Martin holds the Canadian flag that flew at half-mast on Parliament Hill the day his father died (CP photo)

Paul Martin holds the Canadian flag that flew at half-mast on Parliament Hill the day his father died (CP photo)