BEST MODEL OF WHAT WE WANT POLITI­CIANS TO BE

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FED­ERAL NDP LEADER JACK LAY­TON It’s a dirty, dirty busi­ness up there on the Hill, where so­cial pol­icy is made by deal­ing and dodg­ing. Lucky us – we’ve got a party leader up there who spent two decades as a city coun­cil­lor hon­ing his skills as a ne­go­tia­tor among ne­an­derthals and push­ing ecol­ogy, peo­ple’s power and peace. Fresh from the so­cial move­ments, crafty Jack Lay­ton is skilled at sneak­ing around ob­sta­cles – wit­ness his spurring of projects like the Toronto At­mo­spheric Fund, deep lake water cool­ing, the first ur­ban wind tur­bine, Don River cleanup and so much more. Now, with the NDP hold­ing the bal­ance of power, the in­tense-talk­ing cy­clist is us­ing the same stealth. Last spring he wrested $4.6 bil­lion in so­cial ser­vice spend­ing from the des­per­ate PM, the first NDP fed­eral bud­get in his­tory. And he says he won’t play ball till there’s more. Watch while he strong-arms Libs over fed­eral stan­dards in health care. An elec­tion looms. Clue in at www.ndp.ca.

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