Jack Layton

Cartoon: NDP - Liberal Coalition Makes Harper Eat Humble Pie

Find a political cartoon depicting the proposed coalition partners, Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe, and Stéphane Dion making Prime Minister Stephen Harper eat "humble pie."

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Cartoon: With Ignatieff as Leader of the Liberal Party, is the Coalition Dead?

Find a cartoon depicting Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe and Stéphane Dion as being disappointed with Michael Ignatieff being given the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

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Events Leading to the Liberal - NDP Coalition Agreement

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Dec 18, 2008

On December 1, 2008, the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Québécois officially signed an agreement to defeat the Conservative minority government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Under this agreement, the Liberals and NDP agreed to form a coalition government, which would be supported by the Bloc. The following article provides an overview of factors and events surrounding the signing of this agreement.

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2008 Canadian Federal Election: Results and Summary

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 21, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians returned Stephen Harper and Conservative Party of Canada to a second minority government. In this feature, learn more about the results of the 2008 federal election, including an overview of the results, discussions of key factors/non-factors in the election, and an examination of the election’s impact.

On October 14, 2008, Canadians returned Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada to a second minority government. On the one hand, the 2008 election did little to change the Canadian political landscape, as the major political parties were returned to Parliament with similar seat totals and percentages of the national vote as in the previous 2006 election.

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English debate preview: pressure on Dion and Layton

By Harold Jansen on Oct 2, 2008

Tonight is the big show: the English language debate at 9 Eastern/6 Pacific. The dynamics here are a little different than in French. The Conservatives are in a stronger position outside of Quebec, so Harper mainly has to stay out of trouble. I imagine we'll see the relaxed prime-ministerial sweater vest version of Stephen Harper again. All four leaders will be gunning for Harper again. I don't expect we'll see the NDP and Liberals squabble too much over who is the real opponent to Harper. The way the Conservatives are poised to break through in British Columbia means they both have to dump on Harper big time. Harper just has to weather the storm. It's pretty much impossible for an incumbent prime minister to "win" the debate; you win by not losing, which is about the best you can hope for.

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Cartoon: During the Leaders Debate, Will the Economy Bore all the Leaders but Harper?

Find a political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Stephen Harper boring all the other political party leaders while talking about the economy.

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Cartoon: Layton and the "Champions of Federal Funding" would Improve the Arts

Find a political cartoon depicting New Democratic Party of Canada leader, Jack Layton, claiming that an artists work would be so much better if "Champions of Federal Funding" were allowed to support art in Canada.

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What the NDP should do....

By David McGrane on Sep 22, 2008

 First of all, why are the Liberals putting out  a platform ahead of the NDP? When Layton puts out a platform in the future it will look he is the official opposition leader and he will continue to look stronger compared to Dion.

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NDP Leader Layton talks about Coalition Government with Liberals

By Greg Farries on Sep 22, 2008

According to the Hamilton Spectator, New Democratic Party Leader, Jack Layton, is not ruling out a coalition government with the Stéphane Dion's Liberal Party of Canada.

NDP Leader Jack Layton is refusing to rule out a coalition government with Stéphane Dion's Liberals if that's what it takes to oust Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Impressions from Week One

By Royce Koop on Sep 14, 2008

First: Elizabeth May deserves congratulations for gaining entry to the leaders' debate. I'm not so sure that she should be so happy over this, however. Many people think that May has a good speaking style. This may be true in some contexts, but I'm not sure if she will perform well in a debate with four other party leaders. Harper, Dion, Layton, and Duceppe all have significant experience in Parliament and the first three have already participated in televised debates. May has no similar experience. "Elizabeth May," argues Kevin Libin, "talks faster than an auctioneer on a caffeine buzz." And we've already seen that her tendency to talk quickly can get her into trouble. As Harold Jansen observed, it may be Harper who benefits from May's inclusion in the debate, as he is left to look prime ministerial as the other four leaders natter away.

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2008 Canadian Election Issues and Events

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Sep 14, 2008

Find a detailed articled outline the key issues and events in the 2008 federal election in Canada, including the minority/majority government question, the economy, leadership, the environment, and Canada in Afghanistan.

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Cartoon: Presidential Race vs Canadian Federal Election: Heavyweights vs Lightweights

Find a political cartoon depicting the presidential race between John McCain and Barack Obama as being a heavyweight match, while the Canadian federal election fight, between Harper, Dion, Duceppe and Layton as being a lightweight boxing match.

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Cartoon: Should Canada Stay or Pull out of Afganistan: A Tough Decision for Dion

Find a political cartoon depicting Stéphane Dion being torn between Stephen Harpers desire to keep the Canadian forces in Afghanistan, and Jack Layton's desire to pull the troops out.

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2007 Jack Layton Interview

Interviewed by Greg Farries on Nov 22, 2007

Find an in-depth interview with Jack Layton, the leader of the federal New Democratic Party, on leadership and the NDP in minority government.

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Almanac: Jack Layton

Find a in-depth biography of the Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the Federal New Democratic Party of Canada.

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