The leader of Canada’s Opposition, New Democrat Jack Layton passed away today. It was a little bit of a shock, when he stepped down to focus on his treatment for Cancer, after a great victory you could tell that it wasn’t a good situation. He has advocated for hope and optimism for Canada’s future – a great man and a great Canadian.
His last words, an open-letter to the people of Canada:
“And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one â€“ a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the worldâ€™s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring aboutÂ change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Donâ€™t let them tell you it canâ€™t be done.
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 weâ€™ll change the world.”
Jack Layton’s Letter to Canada
Jack Layton, you will be missed. (July 18, 1950 â€“ August 22, 2011)