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Former prime minister Paul Martin discusses an exhibit about the Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island before delivering the Symonds Lecture at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Thursday in Charlottetown.
Former prime minister Paul Martin says he has the utmost respect for P.E.I. Senator Percy Downe.
During a recent interview with The Guardian on the Senate expenses scandal, Martin said he believed the controversy is damaging to the Senate. He said he felt this is unfortunate because of the hard work of so many senators, naming two of P.E.I.’s three Liberal senators, Libbe Hubley and Catherine Callbeck.
In an email to The Guardian following the publication of the article, Martin said P.E.I.’s other Liberal senator, Percy Downe, is an “old friend and someone with whom I have worked closely.
“If I did not mention him as one of the senators for whom I have the greatest respect, that was a mistake on my part." Paul Martin in an email to The Guardian
“If I did not mention him as one of the senators for whom I have the greatest respect, that was a mistake on my part,” Martin wrote.
Before his appointment to the Senate, Downe served as chief of staff to former prime minister Jean Chrétien.