Thursday, March 16, 2006

Paul Martin to resign March 19

Paul Martin to resign March 19.

Paul Martin intends to officially step down as Liberal Leader on March 19 when party executives meet in Ottawa to set a convention date.

The former prime minister has sent a letter of resignation to Liberal Party President Mike Eizenga declaring he will step aside as soon as the party schedules a leadership convention date.

The party's constitution stipulates one must be held within a year of the leader's resignation, which means a convention will be scheduled some time between this weekend and March 19, 2007.

Martin's move douses any speculation he would try to lead the party into the next federal election.