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Jack Layton

Jack Layton is a rare politician: a man of dignity, decency, and optimism, respected by all parties. For my non-Canadian friends, this is the man who led the left-leaning NDP party from a handful of seats to form the official opposition in parliament, a man who surprised everyone this election, sweeping the province of Quebec with his buoyant presence.

He campaigned with his cane after hip surgery. Before that he was open about his treatment for prostate cancer. Along with other Canadians, I was shocked and dismayed to see him at his press conference yesterday. He was obviously ill, thin, haggard, his voice changed–all just in the 2 months since the election. He said that the results from his prostate cancer checkup were fine, but another cancer had been discovered. He is undergoing treatment and currently taking a leave.

Jack’s wife, Olivia Chow, is the representative for my riding in Toronto. My heart goes out to Jack and Olivia. I wish him a thorough recovery. I wish Olivia strength and hope in the coming months. They are good people. They need all the prayers, support, good wishes, and kind thoughts we can provide.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

4 thoughts on “Jack Layton

  1. I’ve followed Jack’s career for many years. I’ve always known him as the person you describe above – someone for whom I have great respect. It was a shock to see and hear him yesterday. I wish him well, for himself, to be rid of this. And for us, selfishly, because we need him so badly in these times.

  2. Oh those poor people, how dreadful. Is there any way to manage sickness, particularly when it is life-threatening? I do so wish them well, too, and hope for a good prognosis and a swift improvement.

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