OTTAWA, November 28, 2003 ( – Incoming Prime Minister Paul Martin has appointed Francis Fox, a former Liberal cabinet minister under Prime Minister Trudeau, to one of the most powerful positions in his Prime Ministers Office, that of principal secretary.  Fox’s former political career ended in disgrace in January 1978 when he resigned as solicitor general.  The Globe and Mail reports that Fox “confessed to the Commons that he had signed someone else’s name on a hospital document to help secure an abortion for a woman with whom he had been having an affair.”  Martin defended his appointment of Fox saying, “That’s something that happened a long time ago.”  Speaking of Fox and his other appointees, Martin said, “The people that I am appointing and will be appointing are people of unquestioned integrity and character.  That is the essential foundation upon which any appointment would be made.”  See the Globe and Mail coverage:


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