Jack's amazing race-how did he pull this off?

As Canadians get ready to vote May 2, Maclean's magazine takes an in-depth look at the amazing rise of Jack Layton-and other tales from the campaign trail

Also in this issue of Maclean's, on newsstands now: Canada's Green Companies 30 list

TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Could Jack Layton be the next prime minister of Canada? While that outcome is still unlikely, all the polls this week showed substantial NDP gains, and some suggested a historic watershed-the NDP possibly vaulting over the Liberals to become the official opposition, a second-place finish for the first time ever. The Conservatives, meanwhile, were somewhere shy of the 40 per cent of the popular vote Stephen Harper would need to secure a majority.

But it's Layton's surprise that has changed the game, especially his threat to Bloc Québécois dominance in Quebec. Despite his seemingly last-minute rally, Layton is no overnight success, writes Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes, who explains just how Jack pulled off this campaign surge-and turned the election into an unpredictable race that has Canadians really paying attention.

Who is Andrew Coyne voting for?
As he considers who to vote for on election day, national editor Andrew Coyne weighs two key issues: the economy and the state of our democracy. His own "ballot box question": Would the Liberals do more harm to the economy than the Conservatives would do to democracy?

Is Stephen Harper a hologram?
This past week, writer Rick Mercer went out on the campaign trail with three party leaders, Harper, Ignatieff and Layton, describing the assignment as a trip to the dude ranch. Along the way he documents both the highs (Layton dominating the polls in Quebec) and the embarrassing lows (Harper's teleprompter failure).

Special report: Canada's green companies
Companies like those on the Aon Hewitt's 2011 Green 30 list lead the way when it comes to making the environment a big part of business. The Green 30 is based on how employees perceive their employer's environmental efforts.This week, Maclean's not only lists the 2011 Green 30,  but also features some of the ways the companies have made the environment a big part of business, and looks at some environmentally friendly ideas that could revolutionize the workplace in the not-so-distant future.

A Sampling of the Green 30 (for a complete list go to www.macleans.ca/green30)

Celestica
Electronics manufacturing services, Toronto

Co-operators Life Insurance Company
Insurance, Regina

First Calgary Financial
Banking, Calgary

Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Property management and ownership,
Montreal

Minto Group Inc.
Real estate developer and manager, Ottawa

PCL Constructors Inc.
Construction, Edmonton

Vancity Group
Banking and investing, Vancouver

Whole Foods Market
Food retail, Toronto

SOURCE Maclean's Magazine

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416-764-4125

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