22nd Aug 2011, 02:18pm
Jack Leyton the leader of the NDP party in Canada has passed away at the age of 61. As i posted on facebook , i never thought i would shed a tear for a politician but i did for Jack. Keep his dreams alive.
22nd Aug 2011, 02:32pm
just seeing this now Andy , I never thought that he would'nt get through this setback .
22nd Aug 2011, 03:57pm
A great loss for Canadians, we have all suffered a loss today. I admired the man even though I disagreed with his political views.
22nd Aug 2011, 04:05pm
Aye, a sad, sad day for Canada. Like Elma I never could bring myself to give Jack my vote. This morning I'm wishing just a wee bit that I might have. One of Canada's best, dedicated to his cause, a compassionate, ethical man, a rarity in politics...and a great guy.
22nd Aug 2011, 04:47pm
I have in the past , on occasion voted for the NDP, but only for them to be a stronger opposition, I think that they are the best opposition this country can have at keeping the goverment in line , they are great watch- dogs .
22nd Aug 2011, 06:14pm
So sad to hear this news this morning,
But somehow like you Angel i did not think he would get through it either
Such a vast lost of weight so quickl I liked him as a person but wrong party
What will happen now I wonder,
22nd Aug 2011, 06:41pm
Just found out about jack's passing,I thought he may have had it in him to continue the fight against Cancer..but I guess it had progressed just too far.
22nd Aug 2011, 10:03pm
Letter written by Jack When he knew he could not recover........
in a letter written in the event of his death, Layton offered some final words of optimism and encouragement to those who had been moved by his health struggles.
"To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: Please don't be discouraged that my own journey hasn't gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope," Layton wrote, in a letter dated Aug. 20 and released Monday.
"Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer."
22nd Aug 2011, 10:59pm
What a legacy for Canadians is that letter from Jack. But Andy...those final words in the last paragraph of that letter are inspirational....and typical of the man:
"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."
What grace he showed us at the end. He was a winner even as he was losing his life.
22nd Aug 2011, 11:46pm
I dont know or knew of Jack, but these words are worth repeating.
You have every reason to be optimistic, determined and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer."
23rd Aug 2011, 12:21am
Yes Chookie the whole letter would have been an inspiration but even more so he wrote only two days before he died...
PS I AM SO SORRY I SPELLED HIS NAME WRONG. ...IT IS.................. ...............JACK LAYTON
23rd Aug 2011, 12:23pm
OTTAWA — Jack Layton will be honoured with a rare state funeral.
It is traditionally offered only to current and former governors general, current and former prime ministers and current members of cabinet.
But a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the prime minister exercised his discretion and offered Layton's wife, Olivia Chow, a state funeral which she accepted.
good morning Andy.........will you manage to get to the visitation
which I think is this weekend.......
23rd Aug 2011, 01:55pm
yes Angel i will get to the hill to acknowledge Jack as a person i admired.
27th Aug 2011, 08:35pm
I managed to see part of Jack Layton's funeral on T.V. this afternoon ,
it was quite an event , part traditional funeral service and old time revival
with everyone there participating in the music , It was truly a celebration of his life . R.I.P, Jack.
28th Aug 2011, 04:10pm
A great man for sure.A real man of the people, and a very hard working man right to the end.I am so glad he got in as the oppositon this time, he deserved that, he really did. I have never voted NDP however I think he was a great leader. He was loved by many. The out pouring of ALL canadians this past week has been quite something to see.I think if Jack had lived I may have thought differently about my vote in the next election.
Yesterday really was a celabration of his life. I think Jack would have been pleased.
29th Aug 2011, 12:53am
I watched the memorial service for Jack Layton yesterday and was very disappointed. Apart from the eulogy by his son and daughter I felt I was in the middle of a political election rally, especially the speech from Stephen Lewis whom I expected to end with "vote NDP."
I'm sorry if I offend anyone on this but to quote one of our favourite posters "Just my opinion."
29th Aug 2011, 02:10am
Elma I am of the opposite opinion! I thought Steven Lewis' speech was amazing, I loved it!!! political or not!!!! He was very passionate. I watched the whole funeral, aye with tears in my eye, for a man who left us way too soon.
29th Aug 2011, 08:25am
It's really lovely to read how this man held the love and respect of the people in Canada. A politician who obviously held tight to his beliefs and humanity. It's all we can ever hope for, to have the love and respect of those we leave behind. Although I admit to having no knowledge of the man previously it's very clearly shown in these posts that this man was loved by many. A life well lived.
29th Aug 2011, 11:50am
I didn't always agree with jack Layton although I ahve some socialist tendecies in the past, he was one politician who didn' have the whiff of hidden agendas. What you see is what you got and he was emerging into someone who was ready to deliver. I heard the speech from Stephen Lewis and it was a politicized but those were the ideas the Jack Layton stood for, the amusing thing is that when he mentioned social agendas and th audience applauded, Stephen harper our Tory Prime Minister was politely applauding along with them.
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