Martin has not demanded airtime, and it's up to the networks to decide whether to carry it. (It will run at 7:45 pm ET on CTV Newsnet, followed by a response from Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.)Seeing as though it will likely be after Martin, I would say that any effect he had in convincing the public that he clearly did not have anything to do with the sponsorship inquiry will be neutralized somewhat. Actually, I think this will work to Harper's advantage.
Here is my prediction of what Martin will do:
- Slam the opposition parties for making his job unworkable.
- Claim that the Liberals are doing everything they can to get to the bottom of this.
- Reveal Scott Brison's scriptwriter.
- And finally, promise to let Gomery do his work and finish his report before an election. He would like the opposition parties to do the same.
The more Liberals in the news, the worse it will be for them.