By-elections giving Layton pause?
We here at the Star aren't sure what to make of the fact that NDP leader Jack Layton turned down Richard Brennan's request for an interview yesterday. We were even more perplexed when Layton did manage to turn up, via broadcast feed from Washington, on Don Newman's Politics broadcast.
Newman tried several times to pull Layton off his message track, which seemed to be that the NDP was far more interested in talking about its September, 2007, win in Outremont, rather than this week's slump in the by-elections.
Here's one statistic from that evening that may be the source of some internal strategic discussions at NDP headquarters right now, even if Layton is a bit shy about talking to the Star right now.
In the three urban ridings where by-elections were held on Monday night, the Greens and NDP collected roughly the SAME number of votes.
The NDP won 3,299 votes in Toronto Centre, 1,084 votes in Willowdale and 4,064 votes in Vancouver Quadra. Grand total: 8,447 votes.
The Greens won 3,263 votes in Toronto Centre, 1,325 in Willowdale and 3,792 votes in Vancouver Quadra. Grand total: 8,380 votes.
That's a difference of less than 100 votes.