Monday, August 22, 2011

RIP, Jack

Today, Canada lost one of it's political leaders - Jack Layton, the leader of the official opposition, the NDP. He passed away this morning at age 61 due to complications of cancer.

While I was not a supporter of him in the political world, I really believed he would come back strong from this. Unfortunately, cancer beat him this time, but not before he left some inspirational words for all Canadians:

"And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – 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 world’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 about 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. Don’t let them tell you it can’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 we’ll change the world."

This is an excerpt from his last letter to Canadians. You can find the whole thing here.

Enjoy your evening everyone. Read the letter, whether you are a Canadian or not. It is totally inspiring. I'll be reading and re-reading it for a while.

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