Concerned staff trim Chrétien's events
Unforced errors feared
OTTAWA - Liberal strategists are making arrangements to minimize the Prime
Minister's fatigue-induced campaign errors by preparing an undemanding
events schedule for the five-week election he will set in motion tomorrow.
Yesterday, with the 66-year-old Prime Minister preparing to seek the
dissolution of the shortest majority government since 1911, it emerged Mr.
Chrétien berated an aide for scheduling too many events on a two-day visit
to Vancouver and Edmonton earlier this month. It resulted in Mr. Chrétien's
staff agreeing to reduce his workload.
Despite Mr. Chretien's occasional shows of vigour, such as his photo-call on
skis last winter, his staff have decided to limit his routine to a maximum
of four daily events during the five-week campaign because they are
concerned the Prime Minister may become tired and begin making unforced
Their nervousness was apparently borne out this week when the Prime Minister
mystified members of his own caucus by saying the next election would be
fought in part over the issue of prostitution in Brazil.
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