NDP Leader Jack Layton says there may be no one in his caucus who has experience in balancing government books but the New Democrats always have Tommy Douglas and former NDP Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow and Manitoba Premier Gary Doer.
None of these guys are in the Layton caucus the last time anyone checked.
How the late Douglas, whose name Layton evokes at every opportunity, is going to help in these tumultuous economic time escaped many at a Vancouver press conference today.
"Tommy Douglas had only been a young member of Parliament for one term and then he became the premier of Saskatchewan for 17 years, brought in Medicare, balanced the budget every single year even though they started out with a horrific deficit."
"I can think of Roy Romanow who took over a a Conservative basket case of an economy in Saskatchewan and made the decisions to turn it around."
"I could go on. I could mention Gary Doer who's regarded by many as one of the most successful managers of budgets and policies in Canada."
That is a long way around of saying the NDP has no a natural choice for finance minister if the party was to ever form the government.
- Richard Brennan