Layton Vows to Fight for Canadian Jobs

Toronto, Ontario

August 23, 2003


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Layton Vows To Fight For Canadian Jobs
Layton Vows To Fight For Canadian Jobs
dated August 23, 2003

       Toronto, Ontario
August 20, 2003

       Federal NDP leader Jack Layton told the 1,000 delegates, guests and staff that his party is encouraged by the new political initiative from the CAW and vowed to earn their support.

Jack Layton
Leader Federal NDP

       "I think it is a very important new direction and it opens up a new chapter in our work together. It's going to mean that we as New Democratic are going to have to prove ourselves each time around when an election comes around and I think that's good. But we have a long partnership that I know will stand the test of time."

       With the federal election less than a year away, Layton took aim at the Prime Minister in waiting Paul Martin.

Jack Layton
Leader Federal NDP

       "Now if Paul Martin thinks he's going to waltz to power with the ease that he has put his campaign together with Bay Street and corporate Canada, he's got another think coming because the CAW and the NDP are coming on strong."

       Layton says he will fight the next election to save Canadian jobs and Canadian sovereignty.

Jack Layton
Leader Federal NDP

       "What we are seeing under the administration of Paul Martin and the Liberals is a shift of wealth created by the working people of this country from those who created it and their families to those who control it. And this has got to stop. The best example, or worst example is the theft of the UI insurance surplus contributed by the workers and stolen by Paul Martin and his friends."
       "I think that the next election and the debate that Canadians have to have is that debate that you are familiar with here in the CAW, which is how to stand up for an independent country and take positions on world affairs, or trade affairs and what we do in this country as Canadians, not guided by global corporate capitalism."


       The NDP leader also warned the delegates the up-coming trade talks in Cancun Mexico are a serious threat to all working Canadians.

Jack Layton
Leader Federal NDP

       "Our democracy is under attack by multi-national corporations intent on removing your power from having any influence over trade issues and the seeking of corporate profit. And this is probably the biggest issue that we have faced globally in many, many years. And we intend to put it on the forefront of the next election."

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