Muguette Paille's vote

One of the average voters called on last night to ask a question of the leaders offers her verdict.

She later said she was pleased with the response she saw from NDP leader Jack Layton and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, but gave a thumbs-down to Conservative leader Stephen Harper, concluding that he had not addressed her concerns. “I didn’t like him (Harper) at all,” Paille told a Montreal daily, le Journal de Montreal, after the debate. “But I liked Mr. Layton and Mr. Ignatieff, who answered well.”

She also noted that Ignatieff was able to identify with her situation when he spoke about offering support to help her take care of her parents. “Mr. Ignatieff was very realistic in his answer,” Paille said. “He spoke about my own reality. When he spoke about my parents, I was wondering whether he had looked into my background. My parents are healthy. They are 84 and 86 years old. It’s true that I worry about them.”

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