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RIP Jack Layton, 1950-2011

I just learned that Jack Layton passed away from cancer much too young early this morning, surrounded by his family.  He  certainly made history for the federal NDP and contributed a lot and still had much to contribute.  He will be remembered as a leader who rose to many challenges with courage, like continuing to lead his party while undergoing treatments for prostate cancer and running an election campaign following hip surgery.

My last positive memory of him will be his leading that filibuster against Bill C-6 which, at least, brought awareness of the plight of not only Canada Post workers, but of the working man.

I think it’s safe to assume that the country is in mourning for the most part and I can only hope that the partisan sniping and witch hunting can be put to rest during this time for the respect of Jack Layton and for both his political and his personal family.

Jack Layton, may you rest in peace. Condolences and deepest respects to Olivia Chow and their family and friends and the NDP.

2 comments to RIP Jack Layton, 1950-2011

  • Nalliah Thayabharan

    It is a sad day for Canada.. Jack Layton was a believer in Canada. Jack Layton’s absence from the political table will be a profound loss.
    - Nalliah Thayabharan

  • Julie

    I am sorry to the heart, for Jack’s passing. I am sorry for Olivia too. They were a couple, completely devoted to each other.

    Jack really was a true Canadian, his people and the country came first. He was our anchor. That, I will always cherish.

    Jack will be sorely missed.