Through three decades of public service, and as Leader of Canada’s New Democrats since 2003, Jack Layton is delivering the kind of change that can make life better for you and your family.
Months after taking his place in Parliament, Jack Layton successfully rewrote the 2005 federal budget. In place of $4.6-billion in corporate tax giveaways, Layton secured investments in better priorities— affordable housing, training, public transit, energy efficiency, development assistance and wage protection.
At last: this was policy from the kitchen table, not the boardroom table, and ordinary Canadians responded.
Election 2008 returned Layton to Ottawa with an even stronger team that has been the real opposition to Stephen Harper. While the numerically stronger Liberals rubber-stamped the Conservative agenda by skipping votes, Layton’s New Democrats held Harper to account. On the jobs and affordability crisis. On health care wait times. On global warming. On the issues that really matter to you.
In May 2010, over Harper’s objections, Jack Layton made history again. By passing Layton’s Climate Change Accountability Act, the House of Commons became the world’s first legislature to adopt science-based targets to cut climate-changing emissions— by 80% before 2050.
For Jack Layton, leadership is all about teamwork. Systematically since 2003, he has been building the strongest possible team— diverse, committed, national— to represent ordinary Canadians. By 2007, pundits knew something special was happening: after a by-election landslide in Outremont, Layton welcomed Quebec’s first New Democrat MP in a generation.
Jack Layton is ready to take the next step. Alongside an extraordinary team of New Democrat candidates, Jack Layton is applying for a new job: Prime Minister of Canada.
A Prime Minister who’ll put you and your family first.
Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done!
Leadership you can trust
It’s time for a leader who will get things done for you and your family. Jack Layton’s New Democrats will work with others, stop the scandals and get results. Together, we can start fixing Ottawa – right now.
Making life more affordable
New Democrats will reduce the cost of everyday essentials like home heating. And we’ll ensure that every family takes home more of every paycheque.
Rewarding job creators
Under Stephen Harper, your tax dollars went to companies shipping Canadian jobs overseas. New Democrats will target investment to small businesses and companies actually creating jobs right here at home.
Improving front-line health services
New Democrats will take concrete steps to train more family doctors. We’ll improve homecare. And we’ll make your prescription medicines a little more affordable.
Putting families first
New Democrats will strengthen pensions. We’ll make childcare and education more accessible. And we’ll improve EI to make it easier for families to care for ageing loved ones.
The Hon. Jack Layton’s NDP Speeches:
March 22, 2011
A month ago I met with the Prime Minister to discuss the budget.
I set out a clear message to him… focus on the priorities of middle class families or face an election.
I did this despite the fact that this is a government that we have not supported because I believe it is important to try to make parliament work – we owe it to Canadians.
I told the Prime Minister that in this recession middle class Canadians were working harder than ever before to make ends meet. Household debt is at an all time high and the costs of everyday essentials are going up.
In 2006, New Democrat members from coast to coast to coast passed a resolution to bring our troops home. We said this was the wrong mission for Canada —
And to come together to plan out our approach to getting results in Parliament.
Your New Democrat MPs from across Canada are here today to do just that.
But I’ll tell you – there’s actually another reason we chose to come together in Saskatchewan.
We’re here because the hard-working people of Saskatchewan – like others across Canada – are looking for change.
Let’s also hear it for your President: Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart!
Congrats to Basil—to all of you, and to Basil’s beloved Summerside Western Capitals—for a great year!
And we share the hopes of those wishing for the safe return of loved ones still missing.
As the tragic consequences of the earthquake in Haiti continue to unfold, the best of Canada’s compassionate spirit has been on display.
Canadians have given generously, even when they have little of their own.
We call on the government to provide humanitarian assistance without delay and to support the efforts of Oxfam, Red Cross and others providing immediate relief to Haiti.
We are pleased that the Disaster Assistance Response Team has been deployed to Haiti.
I know that many Haitian-Canadians are worried today, awaiting news of loved ones.
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