Watching Question Period, it was interesting to hear Harper and Duceppe congratulate Dion in a respectful manner. I find it refreshing when politicans put down the swords for a nano-second and show a human side. With this sentiment in mind, I must say I found Layton's behavior particularly boorish. Layton said nothing about Dion, but instead took the opportunity to take a quick shot at the former Environment Minister.
Would a simple congratulations have mattered to the NDP in the grand scheme? Are vital votes on the line if Layton forgets about politics for a moment? This minor incident affirms a central point about Layton, every word, every angle, always comes through the political antenna. Layton's failure to congratulate Dion, a simple gesture, reflects badly on him. Duceppe hates Dion, Harper hates Liberals, yet they showed decorum in the H of C. Layton saw opportunity, which ironically further cements my rationale why he will forever be a bit player. The NDP deserves better, Canadians like the ideas, but reject the snake oil.