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Both the Globe and Mail and the Nat Post are reporting that Jack Layton and Stephen Harper had "cordial" talks about what needs to be in the upcoming budget. The NDP have four points they want included. For me eliminating senior poverty by increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement so that no senior falls below the poverty line is something worth voting for, even if it means postponing an election for a year. The other three are outlined by the Globe which of course leads with its anti-NDP bias.
The Nasty Post story is worse, and even less informative.
If New Democrats get their way, Canada will not have a Spring election, Jack Layton told a standing-room only crowd at the Vancouver Public Library last Saturday afternoon.
Party members were invited to a pre-budget (or pre-election) town hall rally to meet the federal leader who is on a cross-Canada tour that ends in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, on Jan. 25. That day Layton will celebrate not just Robbie Burns Day, but also the eighth anniversary of his election as NDP leader.
No cost has been spared in mounting a giant spectacle of spandex-clad athletes performing dazzling feats in massive public venues.
Certainly, nobody seems to be letting the $6 billion price tag for Vancouver's Olympic extravaganza get in the way.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not against sports. I appreciate the nuances of a fine skeleton performance as much as the next person.
My point is simply to question why goals other than mounting gala sports events are routinely dismissed on the grounds that we can't afford them.
Of course, sports extravaganzas often have side benefits. We're told that with the 2015 Pan Am Games coming here, Toronto may finally get its public transit system upgraded.
Notice that he doesn't even specify what the lower costs apply to in those "jurisdictions." It must be an economic factor that dare not speak its name. So I'll name it: workers.
For a brief period, the shocking answer to a political crisis was cooperation. And it was powerful. The threat of losing the Government transformed the Harper government into a puppet of its own political ambition. The result is that we are stuck with Flaherty's foolhardy attention deficit disorder budget. But Harper has a serious decline in popular support to show for it.