The storm forced Layton to cancel planned visits to New Brunswick and Quebec on Wednesday so tour officials and squeezed in a quick visit to the Saskatchewan city where the party hopes to win seats from the Conservatives.
“As it turns out the runway in New Brunswick was more slippery than a Liberal promise,” Layton said to roars of laughter from the crowd of NDP supporters who attended the impromptu outdoor rally.
“The plane just wasn’t going to be able to land,” he said. Die-hard New Democrats stamped their feet against the Prairie cold as Layton thanked them for coming out to gathering, held outside the airport fence, on “rather short notice.” Unable to visit New Brunswick and Quebec in person, the federal leader prompted chuckles as he related how he rallied supporters in each province -- over the phone lines in a series of conference calls. “We had an enthusiastic back-and-forth with them cheering and me looking at the phone,” Layton said, speaking against a backdrop of election signs stuck in the snow. “Then me looking at the phone and speaking and they are listening and looking at another phone,” Layton said.