January 18, 2006 13:00 ET

Jack Layton Reaches Out to Quebecers, Says He Will Defend Quebec's Interests

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 18, 2006) - During a campaign stop in Quebec City, Jack Layton, NDP leader criticized the proposals of the Conservative Party. "When stripped of all the packaging, basically the only thing Mr. Harper is proposing to do is cut federal taxes - tax cuts and not one cent to address the fiscal imbalance issue," said Layton in front of a boisterous crowd of supporters.

In a further critique, Layton added that Conservative Party proposals are not in tune with the priorities of Quebecers. "Under Mr. Harper's plan, not one cent would be available to provinces for any of these priorities, just more talk, just like the Liberals."

Speaking from the heart of a Bloc riding, Layton took advantage of the opportunity to take on the Bloc Quebecois that claims to defend the interests of Quebecers. "With 54 MPs, the Bloc didn't defend the interests of Quebecers in the last Parliament and didn't deliver the goods," Layton explained. "How are investments in housing, education and the environment not in the interests of Quebec?"

"It is important for me to defend the interests and values of Quebecers where it really matters." Layton underlined the importance of respecting and recognizing the people of Quebec as a people who have contributed greatly to the entire country.

Layton expressed pride in his Quebec team and described them as passionate and dynamic. He emphasized the highly active campaigns throughout the province in every region and noted that Quebecers are becoming increasingly receptive to the NDP message.

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