Twitter’s Reaction to Jack Layton / Bawdy House Story

NDP leader Jack Layton appears at a campaign event in Winnipeg on April 5, 2011. (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA)

On Friday, the recently-launched Sun News Network reported a story surrounding NDP leader Jack Layton and a series of events that took place in 1996.

To quickly summarize, Layton was found to be naked on a massage table in a suspected bawdy house in Toronto’s Chinatown. An unnamed retired police officer came forward with the information based on notes he had taken at the time and presented them to a Toronto Sun court reporter who broke the story.

Layton and wife Olivia Chow confronted the allegations late Friday, stating no charges were ever filed and Layton was never arrested. According to a statement from Chow, police took down Layton’s information and released him without charge. To his knowledge, Layton was not aware of the other activities allegedly taking place at the massage parlour in question.

We asked our Twitter followers what their take is on this story — just days before the federal election on Monday. Here’s what they had to say about what Layton calls a “smear campaign”…