An appearance by federal NDP leader Jack Layton at the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting on Wednesday provided graphic evidence of the kind of support the party enjoys among aboriginal Canadians. Layton received a standing ovation from chiefs and observers from across the country.He thinks he knows what the applause was for, he's just not sure:
Layton said he demanded that Prime Minister Paul Martin spend more on aboriginal housing and post secondary education.I wonder if Mr. Layton was in the room when Paul Martin and Buzz Hargrove negotiated the budget amendment. I mean, this is a great day for the Assembly of First Nations. Maybe. Jack doesn't know yet. Jack is on top of First Nations issues. He thinks. He remembers asking, and looking over to make sure Buzz was nodding his approval ...
But Layton later said that the government has not yet said how much of that money will be earmarked for aboriginal programs.
Oh, but he'll be back for sure at the next round:
"The AFN is talking about a third or more of the housing going toward aboriginal housing. I think that's a reasonable demand," Layton told hundreds of delegates gathered in Yellowknife for annual assembly.... By threatening another all day session with Buzz Hargrove.
Layton says he will pressure the prime minister to meet that demand.
Did I miss the by-election that saw Mr. Hargrove elected leader of the NDP?
I miss Ed already.