OTTAWA -- Belinda Stronach was handed a plum cabinet job only after deciding to join the Liberals, says a spokesman for the prime minister.
Scott Reid, Paul Martin's director of communications, says negotiations over Stronach's responsibilities in a Liberal government weren't launched until she had made up her mind to leave the Conservatives.
But Reid said former Ontario premier David Peterson didn't have to exert too much pressure on Martin to secure a cabinet post.
"In Belinda Stronach's case, her talents are exceptional and obvious," Reid said of the millionaire auto-parts heiress.
"There was never any question that someone of her stature was going to enter cabinet."
Someone want to tell me why this obvious bit of prevaricating non-news is clogging up the airwaves?