A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Monday, November 06, 2006


In the latest of a series of parliamentary "barnyard antics," NDP leader Jack Layton has called Prime Minister Stephen Harper a "chicken":

"I think the prime minister's chicken to go and hear from the leaders of Europe who are going to dress him down for breaking Canada's commitment on climate change," NDP Leader Jack Layton said.

Critics have said Harper is afraid to go to the summit in Finland, where global warming is expected to be a key issue, and where he may face rebuke for what some say is his abandonment of Canada's commitment to the Kyoto Protocol.

"We know why he cut and run from their meeting," Liberal interim leader Bill Graham said during question period on Monday. "He's afraid to defend his policy on climate change to European Union leaders."*

Layton then squawked in a chicken-like imitation and pantomimed a wing-flapping motion for added effect.

Somehow, I don't expect an endless debate over this fowl display of misandry to be played out in the national media over the next few weeks.

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