Jack Layton went to a massage palour. So what?


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JackLaytonReports in today’s newspapers state that Jack Layton was found in a massage parlour 15 years ago. According to a Toronto Sun article dated today, Mr. Layton went to the parlour for a massage. His wife Olivia Chow has told media via an email that she knew about this and wrote that it was for “a massage at a massage clinic that is registered with the City of Toronto.” Apparently Toronto Police visited a “suspected” Chinatown bawdy house in 1996 and found Mr. Layton in a second floor room getting a massage. The police asked if any sexual services had been offered or performed and the answer was no. He was getting a massage.

The Sun writes:

What police say happened on Jan. 9, 1996, was recorded in the former cop’s notebook, which was reviewed and photocopied by the Toronto Sun. The former Asian crime unit officer, who requested anonymity, details a prior police raid on the “premise currently ID as a bawdy house” looking for underage Asian hookers and a subsequent follow-up visit to the two-storey brick storefront on Jan. 9.

So, let me get this straight. Jack was there but no sex was going on. This visit by the police was based on an allegation however nothing is said if anything illegal was in fact going on.


Why are we being bothered by this? Why is my time being wasted by something so trivial? I go down the list and see unemployment, health care, struggles with the economy, etc. and the headlines are suggesting that somehow Jack Layton who I believe to be a good honest man may somehow be of questionable repute.

I know newspapers are supposed to report; I wouldn’t deny that they should do just that. However, there is something extremely odd about this story. “The former Asian crime unit officer, who requested anonymity”. Standing in the shadows, anybody can say anything. There were 62 murders in Toronto in 2009. Jack lives in Toronto. Is somebody going to put forward a conjecture about 62 murders in Toronto and his presence in the city at the same time?

Several other papers are suggesting the leaking of this story is a deliberate smear campaign against Jack Layton now that the NDP is surging in the polls. It underlines how “squeaky clean” any politician must be to completely escape such nonsense.

Once again this underlines the puritanical streak which runs through North American society about anything which remotely smacks of sex. We love salaciousness as we hypocritically condemn those who are caught for what we’re all doing at home.

This is shameful. This is a waste of my time. And at the end of the day, I care more about what Stephen Harper is doing about running the country of Canada then whether or not he ever got a “rub and tug”.



The Globe and Mail – Apr 29/2011

Layton calls massage-clinic reports a ‘smear’ by John Ibbitson and Campbell Clark


The Toronto Sun – Apr 29/2011

Layton found in bawdy house: Ex-cop by Sam Pazzano


Local 2 Sault Ste. Marie – Apr 30/2011

The Daily Buzz

Smear Campaign Launched Friday night, SUN TV broke a story about NDP Leader Jack Layton claiming he was found at a “questionable location” for a massage in January 1996. At this time he and his wife Olivia were on metro council in Toronto. As the story goes, the location was known for a place of prostitution.

Layton of course was not charged with anything and his wife Olivia knew all about the incident. That’s not enough for SUN media though – let’s blow this story right out of context. It’s fairly obvious this news came out during the last few days of the election to attack Layton’s character and credibility. Do you really think this story would have made the headline news had the NDP not surged in the polls and by all accounts, will put Layton in the official opposition chair come Tuesday.

It’s been funny watching SUN TV this past week, the fear mongering by them in light of Layton becoming a coalition Prime Minister. The entire channel acts like the world will come to an end on Monday if the polls are right.


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  1. Of course, if it had been Stephen Harper who was found in a suspected bawdy house, naked, in bed, at 1:30 am, 15 years ago, this WOULD be important news.

    Your article is pure spin (saying he dcomment_ID NOT have sex, simply because he wasn’t charged, is pure BS). How stupcomment_ID do you think we are ?

  2. “I dcomment_ID not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky” . . . sounds familiar doesn’t it.

    Maybe no “penetration” but BJ’s and HJ’s do not count?

    Jack was caught by Metro with his pants down . . . therapeutic massage ya sure.

  3. OK, what is the issue of greater importance here?

    Is it that Layton was found in a massage parlour under peculiar circumstances?

    Is it that “confcomment_IDential” police information was leaked by persons as yet unknown, thus violating a number of laws and official police policy?

    Or is it that certain members of the “press” are abusing and exploiting Canadian freedom of the press for their own narrow sensationalist ends?

    I do not want or need to imagine what goes on in Layton’s personal life. That is and should remain his and only his concern. I am sure that Layton and Ms. Chow are dealing with that, and we should leave it that way.

    The biggest issue is what happens on May 2, 2011 and this should not be allowed to influence that.


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