May 17 2005 CBC: PM Stuns Press, Announce Defection of Stonach to Liberal Caucus
Prime Minister Paul Martin stuns Parliament Hill by introducing his new minister of human resources, the former Conservative MP Belinda Stronach. Her decision to cross the floor - to sit and vote as a Liberal - makes it more likely that the Liberals will survive a confidence vote on the budget, set for May 19. But it's not enough to guarantee a win as the voting intentions of a couple of Independent MPs are not yet known.
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