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Congratulations, Prime Minister

Paul Martin was sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada yesterday. Here's hoping he can continue the success he had as Finance Minister, during which time he drove the Canadian government to consistently run surpluses, while at the same time finding more money -- though not enough, according to some -- for social programs.

A good sign is the Prime Minister's stated first legislative priority: new ethics rules to improve transparency and accountability in government. One of the new rules will ban ministers from the use of non-commercial aircraft except in exceptional circumstances (and such use to be disclosed within 30 days). If only US Cabinet members had to travel that way.


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