2008: Year of the Layton?
Duncan CameronÂ writes that it could be:
What is needed to make 2008 Jackâ€™s year to set the policy direction for Canada? How about: something old, something new, something borrowed, and something true.
The something old is the concern for the less fortunate that has motivated New Democrats since the adoption of the Regina Manifesto in 1933 by its predecessor the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), and that brought Jack Layton into national politics.
The something new is the call for action on climate change and the global environmental agenda that characterized Laytonâ€™s successful campaign for the leadership of the party, making him the first green national leader.
The something borrowed is the recognition that in a big country with a small population, public investment and ownership works, and will continue to work with borrowed money, despite business voices to the contrary.
The something true is that the U.S. economy is faltering, and the world needs a multilateral leadership alternative to U.S. hegemony.