And now a word from Pat Martin

It’s been two months now since the House was in session and the NDP’s explicitly quotable Pat Martin had daily access to an array of television cameras and boom mics. No doubt then it was with some degree of pent up energy that Mr. Martin spoke with reporters yesterday on the subject of government patronage and managed the following.

“Stephen Harper learned early in his career that patronage is the K-Y Jelly of politics,” Martin said.

Speaking with the Sun, he expanded on this slightly to note that “you can’t run a country without it.”

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