October 08, 2008 17:37 ET

Big Oil and Big Banks Come First for Harper: Layton

New Democrat plan invests in the real economy

THOMPSON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2008) - New Democrat Leader Jack Layton blasted Prime Minister Stephen Harper today for putting the interests of "big banks and big oil" ahead of those of working families.

Layton was on the campaign trail in Thompson, Manitoba in the riding of Churchill. Speaking to supporters, Layton said "ordinary Canadians are worried about their savings, their pensions, their homes, and their jobs. They need to know they will be safe and secure." The New Democrat leader added "my top priority is to protect your savings, pensions, homes and jobs. We'll re-regulate banks, make sure no one is gambling with your savings, invest in the real economy, and protect health care and education."

"If I am elected to succeed Mr. Harper, we will address the issues facing our economy seriously, immediately, and in partnership with every party in Parliament," said Layton.

Layton also reaffirmed his commitment to achieving justice for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. He restated his party's plan to implement Jordan's Principle, to ensure first Nations children are not caught in the middle of jurisdictional disputes between governments.

"Everyday families can count on us. We're on your side, said Layton.

Contact Information

  • NDP Press Office: 613-236-3613 x 2833
    For Campaign 2008 Leader's Tour related requests:
    Karl Belanger, Press Secretary to Jack Layton,
    613-720-6463 (karl@ndp.ca)