Layton tries to keep the momentum
NDP Leader Jack Layton waits to speak to the crowd at Sikh Khalsa Parade celebrations at Queen's Park in Toronto, Ontario April 24, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)
SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- Jack Layton plans to work overtime during the final week of the campaign to spray NDP orange across Canada.
This is the NDP leader's final bid to translate a new surge of support in the polls to more seats in the House of Commons.
"We have seven days," Layton told a crowd of more than 200 in Saint John, N.B. "Let's roll up our sleeves and make it happen."
Rob Moir, an economics professor, is running for the NDP in the Saint John riding. The Conservatives stole the seat from the Liberals in 2008. Tory incumbent Rodney Weston, who won by less than 500 votes, is running for re-election.
Layton also held a rally in Quebec's Gatineau, where the NDP is hoping to elect Francoise Boivin, a former Liberal MP.
During the event, which drew a few hundred lively supporters, Layton promised to promote women's equality if elected prime minister.
"Under Stephen Harper, women are losing ground," said Layton.
The NDP leader says women should be entitled to pay equity and improved employment insurance benefits for parental leave. He also wants to see the expanded access to shelters and transition houses, and the restoration of cut women's programs and organizations.
On May 2, mark your ballot for equality," said Layton.
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