Le grand poulet orange
It's not often you see a political leader in Canada with true courage. Here's Jack Layton talking about health care in Quebec yesterday:
Speaking in Montreal, Layton singled out Quebec Premier Jean Charest.
"I came here to deliver a message, one that he needs to hear. Back off," Layton said.
"You are not going to destroy public health care. New Democrats won't let you. Make no mistake about it."
Jack wasn't in Quebec, he was in Alberta. And he was addressing his remarks to Ralph Klein, not Jean Charest. Ooops. My bad.
Well, at least he was picking on the province and premier who have done the most to let private health care into their system.
Ooops, my bad again.
Well, at least he's being fair by blasting both Alberta and Quebec with the same strong language, as evidenced by his last speech in Quebec.
Well, Jack! is an honourable guy, so there has to be a good reason for this.
I mean, it couldn't be he's avoiding the fight in Quebec because he knows his fundamentalist view of healthcare isn't popular with the people of Quebec. Y'know, the ones who vote, the real bosses in a democracy.
It couldn't be that yet another eastern elitist, no-fat-latte-sipping, limousine socialist politician is just scoring cheap political points at the expense of his Chardonnay-tasting-club's favourite punching bag, Ralph Klein and the rednecks that voted him in.
It couldn't be that Jack! refuses to walk the walk by standing up for what he believes is right even where it's unpopular.
It couldn't be he's chicken.