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Would-be politicos need holidays, too

Layton defends candidate’s decision to go on Caribbean vacation during election


 

NDP Leader Jack Layton defended his in Ajax-Pickering candidate’s choice to take a mid-campaign Caribbean vacation, saying that fixed election dates would help “working people” plan their lives. Layton noted that Jim Koppens booked the trip a year ago—long before he knew an election would be called. “He’s a meat cutter in a local grocery store and he promised his family to be able to have a break, finally, and he made that choice,” Layton said in Montreal. “He’ll be out there knocking on doors, don’t worry about that.” After winning the 2006 election, one of the Harper government’s first acts was to set fixed dates for elections every four years. In 2008, the prime minister ignored his own law by calling a snap election.

Brandon Sun


 
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Would-be politicos need holidays, too

  1. These jokers help pull down the government then feel free to go on a pre-planned holiday. Wouldn't it be more responsible if they cancelled holiday plans for matters of state? And they want to be leaders of people. I say "these people" meaning politicians in general. What a hapless helpless bunch of snot. Is there anyone out there who has a clue? Charlie Sheen shines above these morons.

  2. This is a non issue, and Layton doesn't need to defend him. He should take the trip.

  3. This is a non issue, and Layton doesn't need to defend him. He should take the trip.

    • You’re right modster, this is a “non-issue”. Who’d have thought the people of Canada would be subjected to yet another election. It’s a waste of taxpayer dollars which our Prime Minister and CPC did not want either.

      Let the MP go on vacation with his family, he booked a year in advance. We need a stable majority government we can trust , Vote CPC! Layton as official opposition and send Ignatiev back to Russia where his Aristocratic family, sucking off the peasants came from.

      • If elections are so torturous that "being subjected" to them is abhorrent to you, move to Saudi Arabia, or Iran.

        It's jackasses like this guy that desecrates the memory of soldiers who died for our democracy that pushed me out of the once-moral PC party, who will make idiotic comments that hurt everyone just to try to score political partisan points.

  4. Oh come on Jack……with a minority government fixed election dates are not a sure thing.

    2008 wasn't a snap election – parliament had become locked and dysfunctional for months.

  5. so because of harpers corruptions an election is called. breaking harpers own law stating fixed date elections.

    then, this is a working class guy who would have been out of pocket thousands of dollars on a trip planned over a year ago. is getting called out?

    i guess harpers candidates could either write that cost with profits from corrupt mortgages or payoff from clement or fantino.

  6. so because of harpers corruptions an election is called. breaking harpers own law stating fixed date elections.

    then, this is a working class guy who would have been out of pocket thousands of dollars on a trip planned over a year ago. is getting called out?

    i guess harpers candidates could either write that cost with profits from corrupt mortgages or payoff from clement or fantino.

  7. You’re right modster, this is a “non-issue”. Who’d have thought the people of Canada would be subjected to yet another election. It’s a waste of taxpayer dollars which our Prime Minister and CPC did not want either.

    Let the MP go on vacation with his family, he booked a year in advance. We need a stable majority government we can trust , Vote CPC! Layton as official opposition and send Ignatiev back to Russia where his Aristocratic family, sucking off the peasants came from.

  8. If this NDP clown was a Conservative then this would be a story, complete with media hysterics and lynchin rope. This, however is a coalition doofus, so nothing to see here. Perhaps the NDP want Liberal maggot Mark Holland to win that riding.

  9. If this NDP clown was a Conservative then this would be a story, complete with media hysterics and lynchin rope. This, however is a coalition doofus, so nothing to see here. Perhaps the NDP want Liberal maggot Mark Holland to win that riding.

  10. unbelievable!!!! this idiot helps bring down the government then complains about there not being fixed election dates?????????????? and if you CHOOSE to be in an election then YOU give up other plans!!!! this coalition loser should be here doing the job he was NOMINATED for and ACCEPTED!!!!! only a coalition loser like jack could defend this!!!! but he did say at the beginning that he wanted to make sure the conservatives only got a minority government!!!! that's because he knows that is the only way that he and the other 2 little coalition losers will ever have power!!! let us hope the Canadian people wake up and give Harper the majority he deserves!!!!

  11. unbelievable!!!! this idiot helps bring down the government then complains about there not being fixed election dates?????????????? and if you CHOOSE to be in an election then YOU give up other plans!!!! this coalition loser should be here doing the job he was NOMINATED for and ACCEPTED!!!!! only a coalition loser like jack could defend this!!!! but he did say at the beginning that he wanted to make sure the conservatives only got a minority government!!!! that's because he knows that is the only way that he and the other 2 little coalition losers will ever have power!!! let us hope the Canadian people wake up and give Harper the majority he deserves!!!!

  12. Canadians must also be reminded that one of Iggy's star candidates ( most would say another disgusting one) Publo Rodriquez who is facing serious substantiated criminal charges ( confessed liquor and car accident involvement) and gets a free pass from Ignatieff. He even continues to hold a critic's post in the Liberal caucus. Does Iggy have the blessing of MADD to keep this reprobate on his team? How sad that this abhorrent conduct is tolerated by a national leader.
    Again is it any wonder that the new Liberal crime policy will require no jail cells if they are prepared to allow drunken drivers on our streets and highways?

  13. If elections are so torturous that "being subjected" to them is abhorrent to you, move to Saudi Arabia, or Iran.

    It's jackasses like this guy that desecrates the memory of soldiers who died for our democracy that pushed me out of the once-moral PC party, who will make idiotic comments that hurt everyone just to try to score political partisan points.

  14. He scheduled time away from his family. If he abandoned his family for politics, he'd be stooping to the level of a politician. Good for him. Wish CPC had such family values.

  15. He scheduled time away from his family. If he abandoned his family for politics, he'd be stooping to the level of a politician. Good for him. Wish CPC had such family values.

  16. Living in Koppens' area, to have cancelled his vacation to campaign, would not have cut into his family time, it would have cut into his beer time.

    No office, no workers, no volunteers, a web page that says nothing – A campaign manager who appears to have done no leg work either. No preparation whatsoever and should not be included in the area Candidate meetings as he will be a distraction as he clearly does not care.

    Speaks volumes.

  17. Living in Koppens' area, to have cancelled his vacation to campaign, would not have cut into his family time, it would have cut into his beer time.

    No office, no workers, no volunteers, a web page that says nothing – A campaign manager who appears to have done no leg work either. No preparation whatsoever and should not be included in the area Candidate meetings as he will be a distraction as he clearly does not care.

    Speaks volumes.

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