How about that! Federal NDP leader, “Jack Layton was found laying naked on a bed by Toronto Police at a suspected Chinatown bawdy house in 1996, a retired Toronto police officer told the Toronto Sun.” And how does Layton respond, does he express any regret at all? No, he charges that he’s being “smeared,” the standard sort obfuscation we’ve come to expect from politicians.
According to the Sun’s story:
“The officer’s [at the scene] notebook indicates he asked the suspected john [Layton]: ‘Did you receive any sexual services?’
“He [Layton] replied: ‘No sir, I was just getting a shiatsu.’
“The cop: ‘Why did you [Layton] have all your clothes off’?”
A good question.
This incident occurred over 15 years ago, so why is the general public only now finding out about it? Where was the Toronto Star back then? Apparently, Layton was cautioned by police and released without being charged. “He came on a bicycle. I escorted him down and he went away on his bike,” a retired Toronto police officer told the Toronto Sun.
But is that reason enough not to print the story?
As a high-profile Toronto city councillor who sat on that city’s budget committee, Jack Layton had sufficient influence over the police budget, that most journalists, if they heard he was amongst “johns” found in a police raid and had been released, would certainly have covered the story. But only police and media insiders seem to know about it. Voters were left in the dark.
And does Jack Layton not feel some shame, some regret over the police finding him naked in a bawdy house? Apparently not.
I wish the first reflex of many politicians is not to deny responsibility for their questionable actions and judgment and claim they’re victims.