The GTA-dismissive comment came in response to questions by NDP leader Jack Layton about the softwood-lumber dispute. Layton argued that the recent Canada-U.S. deal is not really that good a deal at all.
"The proposed agreement restricts the access of B.C. resources to the United States market and allows 13 U.S. companies to hang on to hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal tariffs that they can use to attack us," Layton said. "Is that standing up for Canada? Absolutely not."
In reply, Harper took a shot at Layton's hometown. "What the honourable member says may be the perspective of someone from downtown Toronto but the people who work in this industry, the people who run this industry want this agreement done, and this government will be doing it."
Belinda Stronach, the former human resources minister and one-time Conservative, also asked Harper in Question Period today what he has against Toronto. Of course, we already know. As reported in the Star several weeks ago, Tory lobbyists have been telling audiences that Harper has decided he doesn't need Toronto to win the next election and is concentrating all his efforts on wooing Quebec.