Columnist says he couldn’t confirm Layton massage story in 2008

National Post columnist Jonathan Kay says he was given information about Jack Layton’s 1995 visit to a ‘massage parlour’  during the 2008 election, but he “couldn’t confirm it,”according to a report in The Montreal Gazette.

Sun News reported late Friday – three days before the federal election – that an anonymous retired Toronto police officer and a partner found Layton in a suspected Chinatown bawdy house, but no charges were laid. Layton, now the NDP leader, was then a member of Toronto city council.

Max Harrold reported on Sunday night that Kay “was approached by a Liberal Party insider with the same story on Oct. 12, 2008,” just two days before that federal election. Kay said the information came from an Access To Information request, but he didn’t run the story because he couldn’t confirm it.

The Ontario Provincial Police have launched a criminal investigation into the leak of the police information.