Layton's new look
Jack Layton tried out a new "look" this morning. He bounded into a meeting room on Parliament Hill and delivered a stump speech on this, the first day back of Parliament for 2008. Layton is celebrating five years as leader of the NDP.
Stealing an idea from the Democratic primaries in the United States, Layton surrounded himself on four sides with NDP staffers, MPs and youth organizers. Some stood by while others were seated. Layton was in the middle and he was never without a backdrop of people as he moved around the room.
The "look" can be expanded for any number of people and any size of room. If it works, Layton plans to use it for a possible election this year.
In his speech Layton took credit for having the highest percentage of women MPs. He insisted it is the NDP who cares about the elderly, struggling students, the disenfranchised and delivering universal health care to Canadians.
Then he was off and running to prepare for the day's events. Welcome back Jack.
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