"When we arrived in Calgary tonight, all our BlackBerries went off, and all the journalists who are paying $10,000 a week were furious.
"Scott Reid (Martin's director of communications) had to come to the back of the plane and he got a tongue-lashing from the journalists who wondered why we're covering this campaign when we could sit in Ottawa and wait for the leaks to come out.
"This is really quite a serious setback for the Liberals because a) it shows they can't run a campaign properly, and secondly, it shows a huge announcement, a big, important announcement on education that the prime minister was going to use has been upstaged by a leak from the Liberals."
Asked what that said about the famous Liberal Party discipline, Fife said: "Well, there is no 'famous Liberal Party discipline' on this campaign. It has been one series of disasters after another, starting from on Monday where he (Martin) went to a bagel shop on a day when the campaign was supposed to start with something serious and positive. And then he gave a scrum outside a bus -- it was so strange to see him doing that with Harper, in contrast, looking so prime ministerial when he was making announcements on Monday.
"And it's been like this through the whole thing -- although he's obviously being dogged, obviously, by the income trust scandal, which is casting a real pall over this campaign. It's sort of like you're feeling like an Irish poet in a dark bar on this plane."
Thursday, January 05, 2006
CTV Election 2006 - Paul Martin campaign on the ropes?
CTV.ca - Election 2006, Correspondent Robert Fife: