You have to admire Jack Layton. Yesterday’s deal with the Liberals was masterful power politics. In one stroke he has:
- Imposed the NDP agenda on Parliament.
- Repositioned the NDP as the Party that knows what it wants and how to get it.
- Undermined Ralph Goodale’s credibility as finance minister. Remember, it was Goodale who insisted the money for these programs wasn’t available in the first place.
Exposed Paul Martin as weak-willed, and willing to do anything to retain his grip on power.
He’s already got his election positioning worked out — “We worked for the people, while the other parties were just taking care of their own business to their own advantage.”
I don’t agree with what Jack has asked Parliament to spend our tax dollars on, but I am in awe of how devastatingly effective he has been when presented with this opportunity.