As a lifelong supporter of Israel, Jeff Itcush says the New Democratic Party's (NDP) endorsement of his candidacy in the next federal election is proof that the party is open to people who will not hesitate to stand by that country.
New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, left, spoke at the nomination of Jeff Itcush as the party's standard-bearer in Mount Royal. Granted, Itcush has not been handed a plum riding. He'll be running in Mount Royal, which has been firmly in the grasp of Irwin Cotler for 11 years, and a Liberal stronghold since 1940.
But none other than NDP party leader Jack Layton, as well as deputy leader Thomas Mulcair, spoke at Itcush's nomination meeting Aug. 23 at a Snowdon restaurant. About 120 people turned out for the event, which, Itcush observed, was probably the largest number of NDPers that had ever gathered in one place in the constituency.