When Jack told us he was taking time off to combat his illness and would be returning in September, he was misleading us. The truth was that he was going off to die. Very sad, but true.
Talk of returning was utter balderdash, a complete misrepresentation.
To all you Laytonites who have deified Jack in death, I don't care how many outraged comments I get.
Call me insensitive, a rat, a miserable SOB, it won't stop me from telling the truth, Layton lied and the Ndp deceived Canadians, from coast to coast.
This post is not intended to denigrate Jack Layton's memory.
Not many people facing a terminal illness decide to take a round the world cruise, embark on a journey of discovery or a quest to complete a bucket list.
Most just want to continue their lives as is, go to work and hope for a miracle.
That Jack Layton deceived Canada about his illness is understandable and forgivable, he did what you or I would probably do in the circumstances. It is human nature.
But Jack's illness and prognosis was known by the powers that be in the Ndp party and they should be held accountable for not disclosing the truth. Even if Jack wanted to continue as if he wasn't gravely ill, the party had an obligation to tell the truth.
His former top aide, Anne McGrath, let part of the deception slip;
"From the moment he received the bad news from cancer tests in mid-July, McGrath says, Layton began scripting in intricate detail how his death and funeral should play out, planning how he could cushion the blow to his beloved party and motivate New Democrats to carry on his work." LINKAnd so, at the same time that Ndp media types were
I pulled this screen-shot off that website, because I knew then, that I'd be writing this column now, and would be calling them out for their callous and insensitive exploitation of Jack's illness.
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After Jack's death, journalist after journalist wrote that looking at Jack during the news conference, they were convinced that he was dying, yet not one dared to put pen to paper at the time, or even ask for details or a clarification.
Since when is politeness, fawning and deferential treatment part of the Press' mandate in covering our politicians?
While I was one of the very few to say what everyone thought, I was lambasted as being insensitive and cruel.
It was a case of political correctness gone wild, to the point that the country collectively decided to allow Mr. Layton and more importantly the Ndp to live out a fantasy in public, with nobody brave enough to call out the liars.
Last week Apple Computer announced the departure of Steve Jobs, who as most know has been suffering from cancer for quite a while now. There was no talk of him returning to work at a later date, the implication not lost on anyone.
The stock price fell by 7% in response. Had Apple intimated that he might be back, perhaps the stock wouldn't have fallen, but the company dared not tell the lie, there would have been legal implications.
Last week there was also speculation that Sydney Crosby wasn't doing as well as expected in his recovery from a concussion and perhaps he won't be ready to start the season. Speculation was also made that his team wasn't disclosing that fact in order not to hurt ticket sales.
I have no idea if that is true, (I hope not) but if so, I'm sure you'll agree that it is patently dishonest of the team to misrepresent the facts.
The Ndp needs to come clean. Stonewalling is unacceptable. Now that Jack is gone, there is no more issues of privacy and not disclosing the nature of his illness only confirms our worst assumptions.
The Ndp is perpetrating a massive cover up and fraud over the circumstances of Jack Layton's illness.
From the beginning, the party mapped out a strategy that can best be described as making lemonade when presented with lemons, the lemons being Layton's unfortunate medical situation.
When things calm down, demands will be made for full disclosure. Questions are already being asked in the French press. Accusations are flying in vigile.net and the Ndp will have to face the music sooner or later
Many Layton supporters will say that all this doesn't matter, that the circumstances as to who knew what and when they knew it, are irrelevant and if the Ndp and Layton did indeed misrepresent his illness, it isn't a big deal.
Sorry, it is a big deal.
If Jack had been diagnosed with a serious second cancer before last May, 2nd's election, he and the Ndp are guilty of perpetrating an unpardonable fraud on Canadians. Given what we can piece together, it is likely he and the party did exactly that.
Had Jack not led the last election campaign for the Ndp, there would be many more Bloc and Liberal members in the current Parliament.
If you're a supporter of the Ndp perhaps you don't see the harm, but if you are a Liberal or a Bloc supporter, the deception is galling.
For all those of you staring angrily at the screen, muttering about how evil I am to write this post, remember that it is me calling for the truth to come out, whatever it is, and it is you advocating a continued cover up.
When I wrote my post after the famous Jack Layton news conference entitled Did Jack Layton Lie?
I was subjected to scores of nasty comments and emails, yet that post became the all-time most read piece that I ever wrote and continues to get hundreds of hits every single day.
Canadians want the truth.
Canadians deserve the truth, whatever it is, whatever the fallout.