Forget the national debates. Jack Layton was on the hot seat before a younger audience today and answered the questions that really matter.
The federal NDP leader put in an appearance on Much Music’s Much in Demand afternoon show on Monday and with an enthusiastic studio crowd watching, host Leah Miller put him to the quiz.
Subway or car? Bike was Layton’s choice.
Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie? Olivia Chow, his wife.
Piercing or tattoo? Piercing.
Jim Carrey or Mike Myers? Mike Myers.
CD or iPod? iPod.
Suits or jeans? Suits on the campaign trail; otherwise jeans.
Olivia Chow or Britney Spears? No contest.
Layton presented Much host David Soltendieck with a trademark orange NDP scarf, to add to the other one he was sporting on the set.
The Much crew had done their research and put Layton, an avid cyclist, to the test on a stationery bicycle in a race against Miller. Layton won but Miller complained that her high heels were an unfair disadvantage.
But it wasn’t all fun and games. Responding to questions sent by phone and email, Layton urged support for lowering the voting age to 16, talked about gun violence and said Ottawa should put more focus on post-secondary education.