When I heard about Jack Layton getting smeared about getting an innocent massage at a Toronto rub'n tug nearly twenty years ago, I thought it was just that - a smear.
I didn't know it was true until Jack's wife, Olivia Chow, told reporters that Jack had told her about it and his run in with police at the time, way back when.
That's when I began to wonder about this massage parlour. When I practised in Vancouver there was one of these joints above a nearby restaurant we often frequented. As I recall it went by the name of "Swedish Touch" and nobody remotely sentient had any doubt about what sort of touching went on in there.
Now there are plenty of legitimate massage therapists in Vancouver and, if they have a trade name at all, it's usually the therapist's own. So that got me wondering just what was the trade name of the spot Jack frequented. According to the Toronto Sun, the establishment went by "Velvet Touch."
Oh, come on. Layton is allegedly caught in the room with an "attractive, 5'10" Asian woman" in the Velvet Touch? Bringing it up at this point is a blatant smear job but, in my opinion, the ever sanctimonious Jack is as much to blame for that as anyone else.