As Scott Stinson at the NatPost notes:
"The CBC has commissioned a Jack Layton biopic. For the segment of the Canadian population that loves to accuse the public broadcaster of a liberal bias, Smilin’ Jack: The Jack Layton Story is a giant ball of catnip.
"A laudatory film about the late NDP leader? Outrage! Taxpayer dollars! Why not Irish Eyes: The Brian Mulroney Story or Shawinigan Handshake: The Jean Chrétien Story or Sweater Vest: The Stephen Harper Story?
"And, really, in announcing the biopic this week, the broadcaster left itself open to a bit of ridicule with a description of Mr. Layton that would not have been at all out of place at last spring’s NDP convention. It said Mr. Layton became “one of this country’s most treasured federal politicians” and it referred to him and his wife as “a beloved political power couple.”
“'Above all,' the press release concluded, 'SMILIN’ JACK’ is the touching story of a man who reached the hearts of many Canadians, and fought for rights that would ultimately change the face of this country.”