In Montreal yesterday, Jack Layton insisted he's shooting for the prime minister's job, rather than second place. He said he's "not really interested" in becoming leader of the official opposition.
Wow, and I bet he said that with a straight face. No wonder voters have become so cynical about the truthfulness of our political leaders.
The truth is, becoming leader of the opposition would be a dream come true for the leader of the perennial third- or fourth-place party.
Layton's NDP now holds 30 seats, about 10 per cent of parliament. The NDP would have to win 50-plus seats on October 14 to be the official Opposition. And even that might not be good enough.
Yet, stubbornly and unrealistically Layton is telling Canadians that he is running for prime minister. If he is prepared to lie in such a childish way, what else is he telling the Canadian people that they should not take at face value? A whole lot, I'll bet.