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So in addition to referencing Kang this morning, Jack Layton is now being accused of “referencing” Barack Obama and Bill Richardson. Compare and contrast.

Layton, this morning. “Today, Stephen Harper announced he is quitting as Prime Minister. And so, today I’m applying for his job.”

Richardson, in this ad.

Layton, this morning. “Like a father and son in Kenora—co-workers in their mill—who told me what it’s like to box up equipment they’ve worked with for years, so the company they worked for could ship it—and their jobs—off to China.”

Obama, at the Democratic convention. “This country is more generous than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment he’s worked on for twenty years and watch it shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news.”

The first is a tenuous match, at best. The second is closer, but still probably wouldn’t count as plagiarism in an undergraduate English course.

For that matter, that references to the Simpsons, Bill Richardson and Barack Obama could be respectively found in the same text probably qualifies this as the most interesting speech Jack Layton has delivered in some time.


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  1. He should quote Kang more often.

    “The politics of failure have failed! We need to make them work again.”

    Regardless, I think I’ll vote for the guy. Of all the cartoonish characters we have to choose from, he has the best vision for Canada. Let’s hope Long-Bomb Layton makes it to 24 Sussex.

  2. jonny out of curiosity on what grounds do you differentiate Layton’s vision from the alternative?

  3. I thought Layton’s speech sounded like Obama’s because he mentioned ‘change’ at least 5 times, I lost count after that. The other blatant reference was Jack said something about ‘sitting around the kitchen table’, which was something Biden was on about after McCain couldn’t say how many homes he owned a few weeks ago.

    Every good politician says something like ‘applying for the job’, it’s good politics to tell people what you are doing and ask for their vote.

    And all left wing candidate for the past 20 years has mentioned jobs being shipped to China, India or any other third world country. I would like to know why the bolshies are against sending jobs to third world countries because it alleviates real poverty while we are blessed here in Canada with relative poverty, except for the Native community which is in a dire state.

  4. Change Layton? The NDP hasn’t changed policies, etc. in 40 years.

    Groan…what’s next – “change you can believe in”?

    Being a copy cat is not leadership – it’s a copy cat.

  5. Well a few different reasons, but a couple in particular.

    Number one, both the Liberals and the Conservatives have made it clear they are not willing to enforce the Canada Health Act and shut down the private financing of medically necessary healthcare services. I’m about to graduate from medical school and I will do everything possible to prevent a system where I would have to refuse treatment to patients on the grounds that they can’t pay. On top of it all, I see patients every day who can’t afford medications for themselves or for their children and it breaks my heart to see there is no help available for them. The NDP is the only party even talking about resuscitating the National Pharmaceutical Strategy to cover catastrophic drug costs and keep drugs affordable for patients and for the healthcare system.

    Second, I spent some time in remote Northern Ontario on a very small fly-in First Nations reserve – not Attawapiskat but a reserve with similar socioeconomic conditions. The fact that the children of Attawapiskat have had no school for years and the Conservative government refuses to build one is abhorrent. Charlie Angus of the NDP has empowered the children of Attawapiskat, Northern Ontario and all of Canada to campaign for a new school for these kids who deserve a safe learning environment. It may seem like a small issue, but it speaks to the heart and soul of the various parties and I wouldn’t dream of wasting my vote on the Liberals or Conservatives.

  6. Is it really surprising that Jack and Obama have similar themes? They both do represent change from status quo politics. They both have talked about a crashing manufacturing base and the need to create green collar jobs and to take real and effective steps to capping GHG emissions so we can mitigate climate change. Neither is copying the other they are reflecting the reality of what working and middle class families are facing and what our continent is facing on the domestic front. The differences on the problems is not that great. BTW – i think this youtube video shows that Jack was talking about this Kenora family months ago: