Monday, August 22, 2011

Our dear Jack has lost his battle with cancer

NDP Leader Jack Layton, who led Canada's Official Opposition, has died at his Toronto home at age 61 after a battle with cancerThe depth of sorrow I feel at the loss of this man is profound. He had brought the NDP into their first term as the federal opposition, something many of us in the NDP had only dreamed of. And he did it by fighting fair, by daring to use the words 'love' and 'hope' and 'dreams'.  He cared about health care, about women's rights and vulnerabilities, about the poor and the environment. In speech, and more importantly, in deed, he demonstrated that courage had nothing to do with bravado, and wisdom nothing to do with rhetoric. 


I was a slow convert to Jack's smile. I'd spent many hours on doorsteps and polling stations, hoping that the NDP would make the sort of gains that they did under his leadership but I had become jaded. He unjaded me  in his last two campaigns. The one he won and the one that today, he lost. Thank you Jack. You gave us everything and more and we will surely miss you.



4 comments:

Robyn said...

Oh it is so sad! As a newcomer to Canada and Canadian politics, he was such a brilliant example of how someone could work for good at a national level without selling their soul. He also unjaded me and my cynical, American outlook....wish I could have known him longer....

Clarissa Draper said...

I heard about that. It's really sad.

GigglesandGuns said...

It's a true shame to lose someone like him.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A good tribute one I'm sure he would have been proud of,

I was in Toronto back in May for 4 days before going on to the US. A lovely city and I was most impressed with that huge tower.

Yvonne.