Jack Layton is one of Canada’s sweet hearts – even posthumously.
- Professionally, he was a social democrat politician, the Leader of the Official Opposition, leader of the New Democratic Party, and a former Toronto City Councilor who, occasionally held the title of Acting Mayor or Deputy Mayor of Toronto during his tenure as city councilor. He was the Member of Parliament for Toronto—Danforth from 2004 until August 2011, when he died of cancer.
Personally, Layton was married for 23 years to Oliva Chow, who was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada at age 13. She is also in politics. Chow is an avid supporter of human rights. In 2007, Chow sponsored a motion that was passed in 2007 asking Japan to apologize for forcing some 200,000 women to serve as wartime sex slaves. Reported by The Globe and Mail Olivia Chow is a staunch feminist who, as a councilor, once advocated a ban on touching during lap dancing.
A new book and biopic movie, memorializing Jack Layton speaks to his love of music, Pink Floyd, the guitar, his ties to a musician from Parachute Club, being raised in Hudson, Quebec, graduating from McGill University and York University, becoming a Professor at Ryerson University, being a member of the United Church, a Star Trek enthusiast, an advocate for rights of AIDS patients and the homeless, he wore jeans to council meetings, typifying who he was before an undisclosed cancer took him, last year.
Jack Layton, lived, contributed to social cause and the political scene of Canada and died. There is even a website devoted to people’s love of him called poetically, DearJack.ca. Jack seemed like the proverbial “average Joe” and won the hearts of Canadians.
Why would a Canadian brothel website love Jack Layton? He was a real man with real needs. It was leaked to the media in 2011, a couple days before the election, that 15 years earlier, Jack Layton had been found inside a Toronto massage parlour in a 1996 police raid – and he was naked. It was alleged in several sources that police had seen wet tissues being thrown in the garbage. Layton took responsibility and acknowledged he was indeed inside the establishment, but claimed he was getting a legitimate Shiatsu massage and had no idea it was a bawdy house. Is it similar to Bill Clinton’s famous admission of trying marijuana, “When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale and never tried it again” – who really knows?
Did this affect the outcome of Layton being elected? No. Human interest journalist and author, Christie Blatchford, wrote a great piece entitled, “Massaging the truth about Jack Layton” in the Globe and Mail, May 2011, answering the question if Canadian’s cared? The answer was no.
Hooray for Canadians. An informal poll* on The Toronto Star’s website, contained in a post about men wanting cuddling and the Girl Friend Experience (GFE) initially published August 8, 2012, asks the following question:
The results based on 5242 votes were astoundingly in favor of the legalization of brothels in Canada.
- 82.18% of votes said yes it should be legalized (4,308 votes)
- Only 12.3% of those informally polled said no brothels shouldn’t be legalized in Canada (645 votes)
- And a mere, 5.1% of those polled said they were undecided (289 votes)
BordellosCanada.com salutes Jack Layton for having the courage to admit he was inside a massage parlour. It also supports Canadians for understanding that safety of sex workers comes first and that freedom of choice is important to Canadian culture. BordellosCanada.com is proud to be Canadian.
* Data from poll was read Aug 25, 2012 at 11.01am.