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Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Canada's Buffoon Leader

Saturday's appearance of the above editorial cartoon coincided on a particularly brutal weekend which saw the deaths of 5 Canadian soldiers fighting alongside NATO troops in Afghanistan. Predictably, calls are again being made to get our troops out of the war and bring them back home. The loudest voice comes from Jack Layton who has seized the political opportunity to play the peace dove in this debate. You'd think following the overwhelming condemnation of his position in weekend editorials, columns, military circles, and even within his own caucus, Layton would refine his opposition and (while the word is still flying around) 'nuance' his words a little more keeping in mind Canada's international obligations and long term strategy for defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan. The debate about Canada's role in Afghanistan was settled months ago when Parliament voted to extend our mission there. And do we really need to be reminded on a daily basis why we're in Afghanistan in the first place? Does Layton seriously see Canada sitting down and discussing a peace settlement with the Taliban over a cup of tea? I suggested back in April:

Today's cartoon was the amalgamation of two previous cartoons. One is of the former Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, portrayed as a SeaKing helicopter, and another of Jack Layton who mixed politics and the deaths of homeless people during the 2004 federal election by blaming Paul Martin. Layton seems to have a good track record of twisting any sort of tragedy or misfortune just to make he and his party look good.


Posted at 10:02 am by Graeme_MacKay

Graeme MacKay
September 5, 2006   11:20 AM PDT
A woman (with a British accent) called me this morning to register her disgust at this cartoon. Says it was insensitive given the deaths of 5 soldiers this weekend.
April 17, 2008   11:48 PM PDT
September 13, 2008   03:11 PM PDT
Atleast Jack Layton will take Canada out of Bushes stupid war in Afghanistan!!! We use to be a peace keeping nation. Its going to take years to revesre the damage done by Harper to our reputation
September 13, 2008   03:11 PM PDT
Atleast Jack Layton will take Canada out of Bushes stupid war in Afghanistan!!! We use to be a peace keeping nation. Its going to take years to revesre the damage done by Harper to our reputation
October 9, 2008   12:24 PM PDT
jl is gay
May 4, 2009   06:53 PM PDT
June 5, 2009   07:21 AM PDT
November 4, 2009   09:29 PM PST
truth is jack layton and ndp are douche bags and fags all they stand for is unions. and half the time they talk about things and do nothing. although the canadian troops derserve respect. how would you fell if you wre fighting for your country and your own people were calling you an ass hole for what you cant control
February 26, 2010   10:22 AM PST
jack layton is a plane LOL
November 19, 2012   06:38 PM PST
if u have a problem with this comic it's probably because u don't have a sense of humor.

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