Saturday, April 30, 2011

Layton obfuscates over bawdy house incident

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 FileJack Layton-cr bl 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.


© 2011 Russell G. Campbell
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  1. The first response was from Olivia.
    How sad is that to hide behind your wife.

  2. From friends on Twitter: New attack ad: "Jack Layton: He didn't come for you."

  3. Coyne admits he knew about this 2 yrs ago, so the media have had 2 yrs to prepare their cover up, if needed.
    What else have they not made public. I suggest that every newsroom hire a person to ask this question re any story, how would you cover it if it was a conservative involved.
    How many faux scandals have the media tried that went back 20 yrs. How about the book of supposed quotes of the PM from the time he was in diapers to now.
    His admission he kept this story for 2 yrs does not help the biased media gain credibility. And how about Full Comment at the NP by Ivison covering up for Terry M, today at the rally in Ont. Taking his mic away was too little too late, should have been done the first day the writ was dropped. And Ivison saying even with a majority the PPG will still diss him, or words to that effect.
    One promise I hope the PM breaks is more funding to the cbc.

  4. He's hiding from the media today...he skipped out a side coverage of any ralley of his on CPAC...Jack is missing in action. He must of been given a "Heads Up" on the story. All he did was cum out early this morning and read a statement from Olivia and took no questions. He calls it a "Smear" campaign. This is the guy who was first at the mic to trash the Tories.Media covering it up and not telling details of the real porn of the issue..I mean TISSUE.

  5. Even more I hope he breaks his promise for more funding for Radio Canada.

  6. Are you people for real, "cover up" ? "obfuscates" ?
    it was a registered and licensed massage clinic !!!!!
    Dang some people just want to see whats just not there.

  7. Dirk Buchholz,

    The media and blogs cover a story by a former vice squad officer that a prominent city councilor was found naked on a bed in the room with a woman in a whorehouse, and you wonder: "some people just want to see whats just not there."

    You people were quick to talk about Tory contempt of parliament, but want to remain silent about Layton's contempt of Canadian law, moral standard and voters. A cop gave him a break… perhaps because of his job and influence at city hall and you pretend the man did nothing wrong.

    You insist on using the term massage clinic, that so typical of the left's use of euphemisms to disguise the truth of things. Can't you people ever call a spade a spade?

  8. I looked the address up on Google Earth. This is a seedy two story building with a red neon 'Massage' sign in China town on Dundas St West. There are no less than 20 Adult Massage parlors within one square kilometer of this location (according to a quick google search). There are condemned buildings next door. This area is obviously NOT an area where legitimate 'clinics' are located. Also Layton was caught at 9:30 pm on a Saturday night. Does this seem like an 'innocent' mistake to you? Layton is a sleazeball and a hypocrite.