Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Invasion of Norway

Oh Jack...

BRANDON, Man. -- It was all acronym soup at a speech by Jack Layton at Manitoba Ag Days yesterday.

The federal NDP leader left agricultural producers looking at each other in wide-eyed wonder after a speech about farm issues in which he repeatedly referred to the "SARS" crisis which affected the Manitoba cattle industry.

"Another important issue is SARS," said Layton.

"I was just talking to a cattle producer today who said the situation is worse now than when we were in the middle of SARS."

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Rosann Wowchuk loudly whispered, "it's BSE, not SARS," from her seat at the front of the audience.

BSE is the acronym for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad-cow disease, while SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the respiratory illness that paralyzed Toronto for several months in 2003.

Layton didn't hear Wowchuk and kept going, saying SARS several more times.

"Unfortunately, due to all the subsidies to big oil and big ass, there is no money left to fight the SARS outbreak," Layton added.

(h/t Kinsella)


  • I spoke with someone who was in the room yesterday and he said it was pretty funny, with each mention of SARS causing the room to feel more ackward. Too funny.

    By Blogger The Hack, at 2:10 p.m.  

  • Why God, why? Couldn't I have been there in that audience? Why must you deprive me of such sights and wonders and entertainment, what did I ever do to you?

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 2:29 p.m.  

  • What a wanker. This is further proof of why the NDP was shut out of Saskatchewan in both 2004 and 2006.

    I wrote a long post a while back about Layton's failure in the NDP's traditional areas of strength and how this will lead to certain doom for the NDP.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 3:06 p.m.  

  • "Invasion of Norway" - Paul Martin.
    "SARS? I meant BSE" - Jack Layton.

    Another zinger from CalgaryGrit!

    Methinks Jack thinks about Toronto too much.

    By Blogger Hatrock, at 12:40 p.m.  

  • Prediction, the NDP wins no more than 7 seats in the next election.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 9:09 p.m.  

  • Sigh... I'm expecting this will be Layton's last election (this will only be certain if he loses his own seat).

    That being said, the doom and gloom (from partisan Liberals, no less) is ludicrous. There has been no collapse in NDP support, and if it's slightly lower (in the polls) than in the '06 election, time will tell whether that holds, and, in any case, 7 seats would be the worst showing, well, ever.

    Certainly, a New Brunswicker is best positioned to take the pulse of the vote in Sask, where the unpopularity of the current provincial government almost certainly has a great deal more to do with the party's current lack of seats there.

    For all the talk of the NDP's "failure" in its traditional areas of strength, the last election saw the return of seats in industrial Ontario not held since before 1993, along with further inroads for the party on Vancouver Island, and in the BC Lower Mainland and the Interior.

    The thing about the NDP is that it tends to live (and die) more by the strength of its provincial organizations than any of the other parties - it's strong in NS, revitalized in BC, in government on the Prairies (for now), and stronger in Ontario than it's been since Bob Rae's election.

    That's not to suggest we're on the verge of some great NDP breakthrough, but nor are we likely to see any great collapse - the Greens still have a minute organization, a leader with no experience in electoral politics, and, supposedly, they aren't really leftist... or maybe they are, I've never gotten a clear answer on that.

    Anyway, I suppose, nbpolitico, you're not one to let data and facts get in the way of good rhetoric - certainly SES shows no great movement... everything is (perhaps too comfortably) within the margin of the last election's result.

    By Blogger JG, at 10:17 p.m.  

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