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article imageJack Layton rallies in NDP defector's riding, names new candidate

By Andrew Moran     Apr 5, 2011 in Politics
London - New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton made a campaign stop in the riding where one of his federal candidates dropped out in order to support a Liberal candidate. Layton took jabs at both Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and the Prime Minister
Last week, Ryan Dolby, a New Democratic Party candidate in the Elgin-Middlesex-London riding, dropped out of the race. Dolby went onto support Liberal candidate Graham Warwick for fears of a Conservative majority in the House of Commons – Joseph Preston is the Conservative MP representing the riding.
Dolby made the announcement to Layton via text message, and sent shockwaves throughout the entire NDP. “It naturally surprises me that people don't call you on important matters but there's nothing we can do about that,” said Layton.
Despite the disappointing departure, the NDP immediately sprung into action and chose the riding association president Fred Sinclair as the new NDP candidate. “I'm glad to be running on Jack's team,” said Sinclar.
On Monday, the NDP leader made a campaign stop in the Elgin-Middlesex-London riding, which was viewed as quite a gamble. However, in front of a crowd of 400 supporters, the move seemed to pay off, according to the Toronto Sun. Layton told the audience: “Look at this strong New Democrat team – a team that's ready to fight for southwestern Ontario.”
“Folks here in London know that Ottawa is broken and they know that (Liberal Leader) Michael Ignatieff is not the solution,” said Layton. “Michael Ignatieff supported Stephen Harper over 100 times and got nothing for southwestern Ontario in return.”
According to the Globe and Mail, Layton took aim at the government’s record on economic growth and unemployment. The NDP leader said that a lot of people who had modest middle-class jobs are now actually competing with their teenage children for jobs at coffee shops.
He added that the riding is still feeling the effects of the recession and noted that it’s a “desperate situation when it comes to employment in that region.”
This led to further criticism of Harper, who visited the area Sunday, and Layton said the Prime Minister doesn’t care about Canadians who have been laid off nor has he made any effort in helping those families.
“He goes to communities that have been devastated by job losses and he doesn’t even talk about the issue,” said Layton.
Layton will spend Tuesday in Winnipeg where he will be visiting businesses in the northern region of the province.
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