Now tell me, is this not a photo just dying for a snappy caption?
When the Liberal Party news release containing this came yesterday, I had a good snicker and then filed it away, knowing that the images would eventually come in handy.
The gist? Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff, wearing a Liberal red (in contrast with PM Steve Harper's Conservative blue) sweater, hit an Ottawa daycare center yesterday to announce that his party is putting a national childcare program front and center on his party's election platform.
Well, talk is cheap, sez Broadsides.
Ignatieff did acknowledge that delivering on a national child-care program will be difficult if Canada remains mired in deficit – a condition that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has already forecast to last another five years.
"How you phase it in depends on what these guys leave in the till – and they've spent the cupboard bare," Ignatieff said.
"It's a very clear commitment. ... It's a legacy issue for the Liberal party."
The Liberal leader made the vow after spending the morning at an Ottawa child-care centre, reading a story – Little Bear's Big Sweater – to a group of 4-year-olds. At the end of the reading, Ignatieff was mobbed with a spontaneous group hug from the children.
The New Democrats, meanwhile, are skeptical about the child-care promise, recalling that Liberals spent most of the 1980s and 1990s promising a universal daycare program.
Back then, as Ignatieff is promising now, it was also a top priority among Liberal campaign promises, but it was only in 2004-05, under then prime minister Paul Martin, that a $5 billion program was negotiated with the provinces.
Conservatives unravelled that plan, in favour of the $100 cheque system, known as the Universal Child Benefit.
And we know how many childcare spaces that created, don't we?
Anyway, by coincidence, or not, today the Liberal Women's Caucus released their third Pink Book which contains their recommendations for what the party should do for women. Note that none of it is binding, or an actual promise. That, apparently is for the party base backroom boys to decide.
I'm just having a read, and will be posting on that shortly.
Meanwhile, your captions are welcome.
To me, Ignatieff looks like he's swallowed the kitten that Harper has strangled.
There's a metaphor in there somewhere.