January 14, 2006 11:36 ET

Layton Mounts Attack On Conservative Platform

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 14, 2006) -

Asks former Liberal voters to support NDP

NDP Leader Jack Layton launched an aggressive attack on the Conservative platform, and asked people who have voted Liberal in the past to vote NDP to get real results for working women and working men. Layton was speaking to a large and boisterous rally in Toronto.

"Yesterday, the Conservatives put out their platform. It was full of ideas that are wrong for Canada," Layton said. "The Conservatives are proposing lots of tax cuts, including corporate tax cuts for banks and oil companies. We'd all like lower taxes, but not if they mean cuts to health and education."

But Layton said Paul Martin's Liberals are not an alternative to the Conservatives for working families.

"More and more Canadians have come to the conclusion that Paul Martin has failed the test of leadership. His term of office as Prime Minister, like his campaign, is about nothing. The 'values' he talks about are values of convenience," Layton said. "The issues he and his team are talking about in this campaign are improvised, incoherent, and embarrassing when they aren't offensive."

Layton said that Paul Martin's Liberal Party needs a time out to clean itself up, and to decide what it believes.

"If you've voted Liberal in the past - then this time, in this election, we're asking you to vote for a tough, disciplined, talented, experienced NDP team - a team who has proven they are superbly good at getting real results in Parliament," Layton said. "That's exactly what we are all going to need."

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