I am a very proud Canadian. I think we live in one of the greatest countries in the world. We have so many things to be grateful for – our religious freedom, our multi-culturalism, our personal opportunities. In Canada, there is a long list of rights that we take for granted – rights that are really just amazing priveledges.
Jack Layton fought for those priveledges to be our rights.
Mr. Layton, the leader of the NDP and the official opposition to the majority Conservative government, died from his struggle with the C-word.
I considered him to be one of the best Canadians that we had.
No matter what you thought about his ideologies, Jack Layton was one of the most human politicians we had. He was a man who very much cared about people, about what he fought for and about the words that were coming out of his mouth.
Personally, I have been an enthusiastic NDP and Layton supporter since I have been of voting age. He was one of the only politicians that I have ever trusted and believed in. (I am a crazy socialist, after all.) I selfishly worry that his untimely death will affect the political situation in Canada.
I hope for a Canada where our leaders continue to be passionate about their people – who speak from the heart and not from the wallet.
Rest in peace, sir.
(Note: Just in case you haven’t had a chance to read it, here is Jack Layton’s last letter to Canadians.)