After an election vote it is customary for the Leaders to exchange notes of congratulations on their respective campaign efforts. So yesterday when the note came from Michael Ignatieff to Jack Layton, the new Leader of the Official Opposition was somewhat troubled because it was written in code and all it said was:
This troubled him as he had always heard that Michael Ignatieff has perceived himself to be of superior intelligence and a deeper thinker. So he took the note to his wife. She was unable to decipher it. They called in a few of their close friends who were unable to decode the message. They called in Jack’s chief of staff and the head of his RCMP detail and they were unable to determine the meaning of the note. Jack and Olivia remained mystified by the meaning of the coded message. They e-mailed their new MPs from Quebec and sent copies of the note to all of them, and not one of the youngsters was able to come up with an answer. So, a special emergency meeting of the NDP caucus was called. All of the MPs and staff were called in, and the best NDP minds were unable crack the code.
After a sleepless night, a now humbled Jack Layton picked up the phone and called the former Liberal Leader to ask the meaning of the note. Ignatieff chuckled and replied: ‘You’re holding it upside down!’