The New Democratic Party gets a "high profile" candidate. :
But another thing to remember is there is a lot of space between Toronto and the rest of the country and quite frankly, I hate to say this, Peter, but if there was a flash and a bang right now and Chantal and I were talking to two blank screens, it wouldn’t be the end of the world in the rest of Canada. It would be very unfortunate, we would be very worried, but it’s a simple fact that this is a big and diverse country.
You know, having lived in Vernon, Victoria, and Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary and Colwood, Winnipeg Manitoba, Stayner Ontario and Oromocto New Brunswick, and now finally settling in Toronto...
And after having a night in Hull, spent time in Regina, Ottawa, Yorkton, Theodore, Bancroft, Bobcaygeon, Harvey Lake, and Fredericton...After having survived the great St. John River flood of 1973, seeing the magnificent Magnetic Hill outside of Moncton, the somewhat less compelling Reversing Falls from a strip club in St. John, after being towed on a toboggan by snow-mobile across Lake Winnipeg, after hunting for Pachyrhinosaurus skulls in Drumheller, and watching the sun-rise from within the very jaws of Dino the Dinosaur (same place)...
After doing all these things, I cannot see how the "disappearance" of any of these places--with the possible exception of Colwood (where I went to Sr. Highschool)-- could not help but inflict a grievous wound on the Canadian nation.
And I wonder how Mr. Layton feels about picking up a candidate who is so sanguine about writing off 4,000,000 of his fellow Canadians.
Mr. Byers should apologize. Mr. Layton should demand it.