October 09, 2008 11:52 ET

Tough Times Demand Leadership to Pull us Together: Layton

'Working families need leadership that's on their side'

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2008) - Speaking to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters, New Democrat leader Jack Layton today blasted Prime Minister Stephen Harper for ignoring the interests of everyday families, and failing to show leadership in difficult times.

"Today, ordinary working families are worried about their savings, their pensions, their homes, and their jobs. They're having a tough time making ends meet - and five million Canadians don't even have a family doctor," said Layton.

The New Democrat leader slammed Harper's indifference to the concerns of everyday families: "Make no mistake, Stephen Harper picked his side. He looks out for big oil and big banks, and gives away billions of dollars in tax breaks to his corporate friends. Working people deserve better."

Layton expressed optimism that Canadians will "get through the tough times ahead...if we stick together. Now is the time for strong leadership, not denials. Now is the time to pull together - not leave people on their own.

"As Prime Minister, I'll make sure no one is left behind", said Layton.

The New Democrat leader appealed to supporters of the Liberal, Green, and old Progressive Conservatives to come together and defeat Stephen Harper by supporting New Democrats.

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

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)