Pity party for Paulie
The arrogance of some people...
Liberal Leader Paul Martin chastised NDP Leader Jack Layton, claiming he had given up the fight against the Tory agenda to attack the Liberals.
"Jack Layton has been making some very strange comments during this campaign. He's attacked Liberals, not Conservatives. In fact, he's all but ignored Stephen Harper."
Martin said Layton would rather risk a Harper victory "than be faithful to his own party's principles."
Layton has asked Liberal voters to "lend" their vote to the NDP while the Liberals cleanse themselves of the sponsorship scandal.
"Jack Layton has taken a pass" on fighting the Conservatives, who will end the Kyoto climate-change deal, cut social programs and introduce a socially conservative agenda, Martin said on Tuesday, during a tour of a solar-power company in Burnaby, B.C.
Martin is calling for a "coalition of progressive voters," to unite behind Liberal candidates in order to deny the Conservative party an electoral victory.
CBC News reporter James Cudmore said the new attack on Layton marks a shift in Liberal campaign strategy – an acknowledgement that Martin is now facing a fight on two fronts.
He said that since the weekend, the mood in the Liberal camp has darkened.
Martin can't run his own campaign, and he's telling Jack Layton how to run his?
Layton is running a wise campaign. He knows that he's not going to pick up many voters who might support Stephen Harper, except perhaps in ridings where the Conservative candidate is weak and the NDP might unseat a Liberal. He also knows that he's not going to lose votes to the Conservatives, except perhaps in ridings where the Conservatives are in position to dump a Liberal. He knows any increase in his party's vote totals will come from disaffected voters who had been in the Liberal camp.
The same is true for Harper.
The logical target for both men is... poor Paulie. He's getting picked on from both sides.
All sides, really...
Even Landslide Screeching Annie is on his case.
Canada's deputy prime minister acknowledged Tuesday that Prime Minister Paul Martin's national campaign has hurt her re-election chances.
The comments from Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan were a further indication of disarray in the ruling Liberal Party which is trailing badly in polls ahead of the Jan. 23 elections.
McLellan said she has spent too much time defending Martin to her constituents in the western Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta.
"It's the national campaign and they've done something they don't like and we have to respond to that and it takes time," McLellan said. "I wish I could be out there talking more positively about what we have done."
McLellan made the comments in an interview broadcast on the CBC.
I, for one, and I'm sure Candace would agree, that it would be interesting to hear just how one can talk positively about misappropriating billions of dollars, etc.