Posts Tagged ‘Jack Layton

I never voted for Jack Layton, but did, when I was young, vote NDP. I was a union organizer, and in that capacity met many hard-wired NDP members. The NDP is unique to Canada, its loyal membership recognizing that party gave us socialized medicine, stood up for worker’s rights, and consistently and solidly stood by their beliefs come hell or high water.

Layton impressed, even so recently, as so healthy and so strong, even with that cane in the last election, as he recovered from hip surgery, which may have weakened him enough that his prostrate cancer was given enough chance to spread. In a shocking television appearance in which he appeared gaunt, defeated, and sickly, his eyes had the death look of late-stage cancer patients. His great confident voice was gone. It was a shadow voice as he announced he had to take time from work to get better. I seemed to be one of the few who had the dread that he would never return to work at all.

Jack Layton impressed with passion and dedication. How cruel to have won the keys to Stornaway, taking the New Democratic Party to become Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition for the first time in its history, and just three short months later to lose his life to cruel cancer. Our thoughts are with his family. Jack Layton impressed as the one man in Canadian federal politics that was on your side, come hell or high water.


I have no idea what channel I’ll be watching Thursday when the debates come on.

The English-language debate between Canada’s political leaders? Or Sarah Palin and Joe Biden south of the border?

I’m more enticed by the prospect of a Palin-Biden debate. I want to see if Palin gets destroyed or merely looks silly. If she surprises and holds her own, that in itself would be a victory.

Back in Canada I have the feeling I can predict how our debate will go before it starts.

Harper won’t have a hair out of place, his back will be ramrod straight and he will present monotone lines to the camera.

Stephane Dion will be at his school-boy best, and on the defensive over his carbon tax. This debate is his only chance actually to get outside of the Conservative attack ads trying to define him for voters. Albertans will be surprised he does not have horns growing out of his head. Ninety-four per cent of Albertans watching will refer to him as Pierre Dion.

Jack Layton will be on the attack, he may even be in shirt-sleeves, and will crack the only joke during the entire thing. No one will laugh.

Gilles Duccepe will call everyone on everything, which is all he really has to do to win any votes in Quebec, the only place Bloc runs.

Elizabeth May will add the only sparkle. She will be as articulate as Layton, carry the show, knock Harper’s knees out from under him at least once, but will not, in spite of everything, push one hair out of place on his head. We will all realize then his hair is actually a helmet.

Harper will treat the Liberals and the Green leaders as one person and may address Dion as Miss May throughout.

The two million Canadians watching the debate at the start will be reduced, by half time, to a television audience the size of the population of Biggar, Saskatchewan. By the end of the debate Canadians will have decided to vote for either Elizabeth Dion or Jack Harper, while I may put my money on Sarah Biden.

I somewhere read that the colour orange can inspire a restaurant customer to order more food. It is, apparently, the colour of hunger.

Perhaps the New Democrats have sensed hunger in the land. Who knows why the grand old party of Tommy Douglas of bygone days has chosen the prominent orange colour backdrop for their 21st century socialist-leaning but conservative-looking leader. But do take a look.

The New Democrats get the importance of the Maple Leaf Foods listeria out break, and the concern it has been for everyone who packs a lunch or packs someone else a lunch with cold cut meats. When 15 people die from eating lunch meat, and the government of the day has been on the record as considered reducing government meat plant inspections and letting the industry police itself more, it should be call to arms. The New Democrats are the only party making a stink about it. See their news release for today.

The one vulnerability the Conservatives have and that ordinary people understand is this: you should be able to eat Canadian-raised, Canadian-processed food more safely than food imported from third world countries. The government has the responsibility to protect its people. It failed in this case. That the government was in the process of divesting itself of much of this responsibility means they should pay at the polling booth.

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  • wordbeeps: No, he doesn't deserve an apology. Who tweets during a funeral? If you do, expect feedback. I didn't say the mourners were faking it. I think they we
  • Holly Stick: Look you fuckwit, are you too stupid to realise that Ghomeshi was an actual friend of Layton's, when you tweeted to him that the mourners were faking
  • aardvarkcola: Thank you. I see the rest of your message now. i'm honoured to to have your words on my blog. That alone is a delight. Lawrence