REGINA - Jack Layton says the NDP's reputation for fighting the establishment and championing the underdog is intact despite his refusal to allow the Green Party a podium at the televised debates.No kidding they expressed shock. Enough that Layton figured he couldn't keep running for cover any longer, evidently.
The New Democrat leader is on the defensive over the decision to exclude Green Party Leader Elizabeth May from the Oct. 1 event.
At a Regina coffee house, Layton told a breakfast crowd of cheering supporters that the NDP won't "let the old interests and powerful sectors" stand in the party's way.
But later, he defended excluding May by saying she had already endorsed Liberal Leader Stephane Dion for prime minister.
Layton also tried to shift responsibility for the decision to the television networks that will host the event.
Some NDP supporters at a Monday night rally in Vancouver expressed shock at the party's stand.
As for Peevey Stevie, after whining on and on yesterday about how unfair it would be to have to face May, he's evidently decided that's not the right side of the issue to be on after all, and today is shutting his yap on the matter (looks like he already winded himself apologizing for his pooping puffin problems).
And we thought the American election was entertaining? Heck, we've even got "Scandalpedia" now (courtesy of the Grits).
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