Prime Minister Paul Martin's brave new world begins bumping up against the business of governing Monday when Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson provides the first speech from the throne under a Martin-led government.
The speech in the Senate chamber by tradition opens a new session of Parliament and sets out the government's over-arching priorities and agenda for the country.
"We stand together on the edge of historic possibility," Martin told a packed convention hall in November the night he assumed the Liberal party mantle from Jean Chretien.
Less than three months later and seven weeks in office Martin's rhetoric is less lofty.
"What we will do is what we have always done, and that is hopefully we will under-promise and over-perform," Martin said last week.
"I don't want to go out there and sort of say that we will do a bunch of things in a short period of time that we won't do." Source.