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December 30, 2005

Saying he had "complete confidence" in Finance
Minister Ralph Goodale, Paul Martin insisted there
was no need for Goodale to step aside while the
RCMP probed a possible leak of information from
his department.

The news of the  investigation could not have come
at a worse time for Paul Martin as poll numbers for
the Liberals in the midst of an election campaign
were just beginning to fall.

"I have complete confidence in Ralph Goodale," said
the Liberal party leader, who had been on a holiday
break from campaigning leading up to the Jan. 23
general election. "He is a good, honest man and a
person of the highest integrity and he will not be
stepping down."

Martin's comments came after Goodale appeared on
CBC's The National on Wednesday night to say he
would not leave office.