Ashley MacIsaac for Prime Minister

Published: 2006-03-22
Now that former Prime Minister Paul Martin has stepped down as leader of the federal Liberals the party has been looking for someone to take his place, and fiddler Ashely MacIsaac thinks that he's the man for the job.

The controversial musician rose to popularity on the tails of his 1995 album Hi How Are You Today? and the single "Sleepy Maggie." His most recent album Pride was released in 2005. Aside from his music, the 31-year-old Cape Breton native has gained some time in the spotlight for his often rowdy behavior.
Though the openly gay musician, who has also admitted to using drugs, may not seem like a likely successor for Mr. Martin, MacIssac insists that he's serious,
"I have for many years relied upon the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll image to sell (concert) tickets. That's not what I plan on doing to sell my particular platform of what I think the Liberals need to do to move forward," he told the Canadian Press.
Aside from MacIssac Toronto MP John Godfrey and Ontario Lawyer Martha Hall Findlay are also in the race to become Liberal leader.
But skeptics of MacIssac are quick to recall that the fiddler announced his intentions to run for election as an Independent MP in Dartmouth, NS but never did.
The Liberal party will choose their leader on December 2 in Montreal.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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