R. Jeanette Martin
Rallying & Railing
Some 2,000 frigid souls took to Nathan Phillips Square Saturday to show their support for the Liberal-NDP coalition. But it was the pro-Tory forces whipping up a red scare nearby at Queen's Park - complete with placards comparing coalition leaders to communist revolutionaries - that got the more sympathetic coverage in the mainstream media. Shame that the PM's supporters always find it necessary to make a beeline for the gutter. Notables at the coalition rally: former Lib golden boy Gerard Kennedy. All of a sudden the lefties in Grit ranks look lost.
The cops' bloated budget request for 2009, an $96 million bump over last year despite newly released figures showing crime in all major categories down by an average 10 per cent.
The plan A new 200-seat ferry.
The big idea To ship Porter Airline passengers to the Island Airport.
The danger Throwing away more taxpayer dollars on a money-losing airport. The Port Authority spent a cool $5 million on a ferry less than three years ago.
Jack Layton, Coalition For Change Rally, Ottawa, Thursday, December 4, just after Governor General Michaëlle Jean granted the PM's wish to prorogue Parliament:
"Stephen Harper just put the locks on the doors of the House of Commons so that we cannot vote him out of office.
But Canadians are not going to be silenced. They will speak out stronger than ever that he should be thrown out of office.
The locks the prime minister should be thinking about are the ones being put on the doors of the pulp and paper mills of northern Ontario, on the doors of the auto parts factories being shut down across our country and on the doors of the homes of people who can no longer afford their housing.
But it turns out he cares more about his job than he does about your jobs.
It's time to do politics differently in this country.
We've watched for years a majority of Canadians not see their wishes represented in the House of Commons.
We're on the cusp of a movement here, and I call upon all of you not to give up, not to despair. Grab a hold of your efforts and your ideas and your principles and your idealism and drive it forward to create a new era in Canadian politics."
Coalition forces letting their signs do the back-talking.
Photos: R. Jeanette Martin & Paul Terefenko