Canadians made have made their choice. The good news is that
Canada's NDP doubled its popular vote and will have a central role
in Canada's next parliament. The disappointment is that voters
backed away from the positive alternative we were offering them
here in Parkdale-High Park.
The truth is that minority governments work well for Canadians.
Canadians will be able to count on Jack Layton and the NDP to work
for proportional representation, a fairer voter system where the
popular vote is better reflected in parliamentary influence. They
can count on New Democrats to hold the Liberals accountable for
their promises on health care, Kyoto and a 'new deal' for cities.
They can also
count on the NDP to offer them an alternative again in the next
federal election - an election that is likely
to come before this government's four year term is complete.
Our local campaign
was a superb one and I believe gave our party a great deal of
credibility in this community. I want to thank
all of you for making it such a wonderful experience for me. As
Mayor David Miller said at our election night party, "This
is just the beginning for Parkdale-High Park". I believe he
is right. I will be there to work with you from now until the next
election comes, and I hope you will choose to work with me to realize
our vision of a green and prosperous Canada where no one is left
With deep appreciation,