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Jack Layton consults with with his own real people.

“I haven’t heard a stampede of people saying they want an election,” Layton told a news conference. “But ironically, you’ll also get the same person saying, ‘Get that Harper out of there!”‘

Layton compares an election to a popular brand of cough medicine. “Canadians live in this kind of paradox all the time,” he said. “They have an opinion about their government and whether they like it in or want it out. But they also, if you ask them, won’t generally stampede towards an election. It’s like that cough medicine – you know, it tastes bad, but sometime you’ve gotta take it.”

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