When Jean Chrétien released his memoirs several months back, it was chock full o’ less-than-kind words about his successor, Paul Martin. Most notably, Chrétien described Martin’s supporters as “a gang of self-serving goons”.
It was – as I’ve previously noted – one of the more engaging episodes of this season’s “Battle of the Network Prime Ministers”.
When the memoir was released, Martin declined to comment on Chrétien’s poison-pen attacks.
A few days ago, I produced an interview between Steve Paikin and Paul Martin, in which the former Prime Minister discussed a wide range of topics, from his continuing commitment to First Nations issues to international trade to some very interesting thoughts on post-Prime-Ministerial life.
But he also spoke publicly for the first time about Chrétien’s published critiques. His first words: “That’s just nuts.”
The full interview will air early in the new year, but you can see what Martin had to say about Chrétien in an interview excerpt published on our show’s blog. Click here.