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Friday January 20, 2006
Liberal Leader Paul Martin is distancing himself
from comments made by Canadian Auto Workers
President Buzz Hargrove that Tory Leader Stephen
Harper has separatist views.

"(Harper's) view of the country is a separatist
view that doesn't have a strong federal
government. A strong federal government is what
makes Canada the country it is," Hargrove said

The comments were an attack on Harper's plan of
giving more power to the provinces.

He said a Harper-led government would put in
place "a framework that will make it easier for the
separatists to win in Quebec -- surely that's pretty
close to being a separatist."

Hargrove made the comments during a Liberal
campaign stop by Martin in Strathroy, Ont., near
Ford Motor's Talbotville assembly plant. He later
clarified his position saying Harper is a federalist
but that his plans would harm the federation.
Martin thrown off message by Hargrove
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