MARTIN'S BC PREZ JAMIE ELMHIRST PULLS A KLANDER: that was one of the headlines posted today on Bourque Newswatch. At issue: an entry in Mr. Elmhirst's blog noting Industry Minister David Emerson described federal New Democrat leader Jack Layton as having a "boiled dog's head smile." But, in an interview with Public Eye, the senior Liberal operative dismissed any comparison between that description and an earlier blog posting by the party's Ontario executive vice-president Mike Klander which included offensive comments about Mr. Layton's wife Olivia Chow. Explained Mr. Elmhirst, "Boiled dog's head smile is an old Cantonese saying that refers to someone who is forcing a smile or trying too hard to smile. So it's hardly a vicious comment as far as I'm concerned - well within the bounds of political taste."
He then went onto to add, "I think what (Mr. Klander) did was truly offensive. And I think that, regardless of whether he's a Liberal or not, I think it was something that people would find immediately find instantly distasteful - as did I. So I don't think this is anything that even begins to approximate that."