Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Canada Loses a Good Man

Canada lost a dedicated and honest politician yesterday. In a day and age when partisanship and getting reelected seem to get in the way of what is good for the people, I was saddened to learn of the New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton's passing of cancer. Everyone was aware he had it, but no-one thought he would go this quickly.

While I disagree with many of the NDP's policies, I admired Jack Layton as a charistmatic leader and someone who really loved his country and who tried desperately to do what he thought to be the right thing for the nation.

In his final note to Canadians, he said, "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.

Words to live by.

R.I.P. Jack Layton!

1 comment:

  1. Tremendous words to live by, and to live up to. I don't think he and I would have agreed much on politics, but I respected him. He was that rarest of things in a politician: someone who meant what he said. A good and principled man who didn't use malice as a political tool. He'll be missed.