I probably won’t be saying this much, so take note as I’m saying it now. I actually agree with Jack Layton on something: I think he’d be a great opposition leader.
All full of righteous anger, much sound and fury signifying nothing, lots of feet-stomping, the freedom to attack without the responsibility to actually do anything... isn't that the perfect job for Jack Layton?
NDP strategist Lavigne: "We want to get the message across that we are better at taking on Harper than Dion is."I invite Jack Layton (who seems to be conceding a Harper victory in his election, perhaps a majority if he gets lucky) to by all means carry-on with his plan to turn this campaign into a 30+-day job application for Opposition.
While we wouldn't be betting the farm on a Liberal meltdown and Layton's becoming official opposition leader, the stars certainly aren't aligning for Dion so far.
As Lavigne says: "The entire campaign as it now stands comes down to one word: Leadership."
In the mean time, Stephane Dion and the Liberal Party are going to talk with Canadians about why we actually want to lead this country, and why Stephane Dion should be the next Prime Minister of Canada.
Layton can talk about why he’s the best to oppose Harper. The Liberals will talk about why we’re the best to replace Harper.
Layton can talk about how he’ll try to curb the Harper agenda. The Liberals will talk about our own agenda for Canada.
Let Layton explain why he can best keep Harper in check. The Liberals will be explaining why our plans on climate change, on poverty, on health care and on infrastructure are the best choice for Canadians.
Layton can talk about what he’s going to oppose. Dion and the Liberals will be talking about what we’re going to do.
We’re not electing an opposition Jack, we’re electing a government. You can set your eyes on Stornaway if you want, but we’re looking at 24 Sussex.
P.S. We've heard from the NDP and the Cons that Elizabeth May shouldn't be in the debates because she thinks Dion should be the next Prime Minister. Since Layton is only running for opposition leader, does that mean we can exclude him too?
UPDATE: Liberal MP Ujal Dosanjh, a former NDP Premier of B.C., weighs-in:
“I believe that the next election is about the future of
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