I was furious this week with Mr. Layton when he said that he would now be going after Michael Ignatieff. We were hoping for a progressive revolution to unseat Harper, and this was the wrong way to go.
But then one of my readers sent me a link to an old article about Layton, and now I'm just furious. Layton isn't a progressive at all. He's an opportunist who will do what it takes for power, even being Kingmaker for Stephen Harper.
I should have known this, but missed it completely.
The RCMP election tampering was done at the hands of an NDPer. Why was she the one contacted? And it was an NDP MP who was responsible for the burying of the Auditor Generals report.
Right now I'm furious with myself because I voted NDP in 2006, believing that they stood for Canadian values. Apparently not. And the May 2006 article in Walrus Magazine, was written by an NDP insider, angry with Layton himself.
On election night, January 23, 2006, New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton stood before a buoyant victory party crowd in downtown Toronto and announced that Canadians had voted for change and that more New Democrats in Parliament would mean better lives for working families and seniors ...This fits in with what Elizabeth May wrote , that Jack Layton had a pact with Harper where they wouldn't attack each other.
But it was what Layton did not say that evening that was more interesting. He did not mention that the most ideologically right-wing prime minister in Canadian history was about to be sworn into office, and he did not mention that while the ndp’s 2006 election result was impressive, the party no longer held the same sway in Parliament.
Layton’s speech capped a campaign in which he had studiously avoided warning Canadians about any potential threat from Harper and the Conservatives. This odd fact was driven home to me a few days before election day when a newspaper reporter phoned to do an interview. Clearly frustrated, he told me he had been on the ndp campaign plane for three weeks and that despite repeated efforts, he couldn’t get Layton to say anything of significance about Harper, except a one-off shot at his proclivity for decentralization. The ndp leader was quick to attack Paul Martin and the Liberals, but all he would say about the front-running Conservatives was that they were “wrong on the issues.”
She was angry with him because he took down Paul Martin on the same day that Kyoto was being ratified.
But if NDPers were shocked at Layton's actions during this campaign, they must really be shocked to learn that he tried to make Harper prime minister in 2004. A fact confirmed by both Mike Duffy and insider Tom Flanagan.
So while Layton is suggesting that Michael Ignatieff is just like Harper, it would appear that Layton and Harper have more in common. Both are pushing for a Conservative majority.
So let's see:
He is responsible for Harper being in power.
Campaigning against the carbon tax meant giving them a stronger mandate.
And he was ready to thrust Harper on us two years prior to his complete takeover of our country.
- And his actions stopped talks to avoid the spread of privatized healthcare.
- They stopped any action on climate change.
- They left a national childcare plan on the table
- And put an end to the Kelowna Accord, which was five years in the making.
I am still promoting strategic voting and if we put an end to Harper before he puts an end to us, it will be in spite of Jack Layton.
I've been telling people who say they don't necessarily like the Liberals, to hold their nose and vote for them if they have the best chance against a Conservative candidate.
Now I will have to tell them to hold their nose and vote NDP if they have the best chance.
But I will never forgive you for this Jack Layton. The last five years could have been avoided. Thank you very much.