Parsing Paul Martin

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin is saying that the current financial scandal was limited to a small group of people of which he had no knowledge. That is possible, although it is hard to square with his concurrent tenure as Finance Minister, not to mention the warnings that there was something awry in the department that was eventually fingered.

Who to believe? Well, according this (unscientific) poll at the Globe & Mail site, Canadians are firmly convinced that Paul Martin knows more than he is telling. Whether founded or unfounded, that widespread belief is going to play electoral havoc if the ruling Liberals stick to their plan for a May federal election.

  Update: Not having seen a single story about this issue here in the U.S., I did a quick search under Canada at Google News. Here is one of the first headlines that came up:

“Vancouver tops in reported UFO sightings across Canada”