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October 17, 2003

Political watchers opined that Paul Martin's more
centrist thinking would change because of the merger of
 the new Conservative Party of Canada. Before the
fusion, Martin was tempted to stay right of centre, a
sharp contrast to Chrétien's left-of-centre stance.
Martin was prepared to leave a vacuum on his left,
prepared to let the NDP have a run at him from the left
side.  Martin was facing a new party that appeared so far
to the right it left him standing in the centre and willing to
move a bit left and knock the NDP right out of the box.

Commentator Larry Zolf wrote an accurate forecast in
2003, suggesting, "Martin will let Canadian fears of the
new Conservative Party, the Canadian Republican Party,
frighten moderate voters into his ranks."

But Zolf followed up with a less prophetic comment, "the
new challenge from the right will transform Martin into a
real fighter and politician at last. Martin is the real winner
in the Unite the Right politics.".
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