BEST MODEL OF WHAT WE WANT POLITICIANS TO BE
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.