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Sorry Toronto


 

Jack Layton is staying in Ottawa. Possibly forever.

Jack Layton, the NDP leader and a former Toronto city councillor, praised David Miller’s record as mayor today and said clearly he will not be among the candidates running to replace him… “I’m rather busy right now,” said Mr. Layton in a phone interview. “There’s so much more to do in our effort to have Canadian values reflected in the governance of the country that I am fully, and 100 per cent engaged. But I have no doubt there will be good people that come forward. I will not be one of them.”


 
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  1. "There's so much more to do in our effort to have Canadian values reflected in the governance of the country …"

    Yes, clearly the government elected by Canadians is a terrible reflection of "Canadian values". Brilliant.

    I'd have more respect for the man if he'd openly acknowledge that he wants Canadian values to reflect his own, rather than suggesting that his own are truly Canadian values while the majority's are somehow less so.

    • I hope you’re not suggesting that any party represents Canadian values, whether or not they formed government. No single party received anything like a majority of the popular vote, or even broke 25% of the electorate.

      • I'm not, but Layton is.

        • However, if you WERE to argue that a party which received over 50% of the popular vote was truly *the* party of Canadian values… ahem… I would like to put forward that, under Diefenbaker and Mulroney, this was accomplished. By the Conservative Party. Of Canada. Just sayin'. :P

          • The now-extinct Progressive Conservative Party of Canada you mean.

  2. Shouldn't the title be "Sorry Ottawa"?

    • Correct! Or "Luckily Toronto" or "Praise God Toronto" or "Doged a Bullet There Toronto" or "And I promise not to send Olivia Toronto" or something like that.

    • Correct! Or "Luckily Toronto" or "Praise God Toronto" or "Dodged a Bullet There Toronto" or "And I promise not to send Olivia Toronto" or something like that.

  3. Judging by voter turnout, "none of the above" or "can't be bothered to give a damn" is the truest reflection of Canadian values.

  4. However, if you WERE to argue that a party which received over 50% of the popular vote was truly *the* party of Canadian values… ahem… I would like to put forward that, under Diefenbaker and Mulroney, this was accomplished. By the Conservative Party. Of Canada. Just sayin'. :P

    • That was the Progressive Conservative Party. Unfortunately it died after a split on the right. Some guy named Steve invovled…

    • Sorry, that is incorrect. The Progressive Conservative Party I could well believe had Canadian values. The Conservative Party of Canada, not so much.

  5. A source? Are you kidding.

    "It doesn't have to be true. It just has to be plausible."

  6. Elizabeth May might run.

    • You can be a brat at times LOL

  7. Score 1 for Toronto. Sorry about that Ottawa. And before you ask he never does stop talking about himself. I am from Toronto/Danforth and though I may not have voted for him I can understand those who do; its the best way they know of keeping Jack the hell away from Toronto for most of the year.

    • ha!

  8. "There's so much more to do in our effort to have Canadian values reflected in the governance of the country …"

    Yes, clearly the government elected by Canadians is a terrible reflection of "Canadian values". Brilliant.

    I'd have more respect for the man if he'd openly acknowledge that he wants Canadian values to reflect his own, rather than suggesting that his own are truly Canadian values while those of the rest of us are somehow less Canadian.

    • Conservatives are less Canadian. That's a fact. Look it up if you don't believe me.

      • I hope you have a source for that statement… I'm sure it will bend ones mind.

        • Do they like anything about Canada? Not really.

        • Won't someone please deny the plausibility?

    • Not every non-Conservative is a bogey man Gaunilon… sometimes you need to acknowledge hyper-partisanism isn't the best way to spend ones time, especially on a Friday afternoon.

    • C'mon, Gaunilon – Tommy Douglas won the Greatest Canadian competition, so Canadian values must be NDP values, and vice versa. The fact that Tommy Douglas was a eugenist has nothing to do with it …

      • No he wasn't, but Winston Churchill was.

      • No he wasn't, but Winston Churchill was and conservative Alberta put it into practice.

        • Yes, he was.

        • You're not really up on the values of early twentieth-century progressivism, are you, Robert.

    • Shorter Gaunilon: "Hello, Mr. Kettle, what a lovely shade of black you're wearing today."

      edit in a futile attempt to improve the content to snark ratio: I'd argue that explicit attacks on the patriotism of one's political opponents ("socialists" should not be a dirty word in Canada, thank you) are worse than implicit ones. Harper may have admitted somewhere that he wants to guide "Canadian values" (god, I hate that phrase) closer to his own, so kudos to him for his honesty if so, and I suppose you can respect him for that.

      Frankly, yes, we would all be better served if the party leaders would _all_ actually make an effort to convince us that their way is the right way, rather than try and take up our mantle in an assumption that we already agree with them. Our challenge is to find people who will do that and _make_ them the party leaders, and the politicians of our country. If the process works against them, change the process.

  9. Jack Layton is a responsible and respected leader, who, to borrow from fellow-traveller, Gary Doer has much accomplished and more to do.

    Watch for Michael Ignatieff to eye the presidency of the University of Toronto, though once his unfortunate stint as Outremont- candidate-appointer comes to an end.

  10. I left a comment on the Globe and Mail website that Harper would make a great socialist mayoral candidate in Toronto. He could run under the DNP banner: DoughNut Party.