If it's true that Layton and the NDP brass were aware of Turmel's most recent history and gave her the position anyway, you have to wonder what they were thinking. If they were broadsided and Turmel told them after the fact, you have to ask: Did it not occur to her this might be relevant information?The right choice for interim leader would have been - and still could be - Joe Comartin, and not because he's from Windsor-Tecumseh. Comartin has a long and impressive history within the party, and he has the respect of those across the floor.
No one could ever question Comartin's commitment to his party and his country. He is a true "federalist," and at this stage of his career, we can't see him running for leader, so there would be nothing to distract him from the job at hand. Given how big that job is, Layton should reconsider his choice.