Jack Layton Was A Good Man

He was a politician I could truly admire: a man of integrity. How rare is that? And now he’s gone. What can I say?

OTTAWA – Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton died today, just months after leading his party to unprecedented success in the federal election campaign. He was 61.

The party issued a statement from Layton’s family.

“We deeply regret to inform you that The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today, Monday August 22,” said the statement from his wife, Olivia Chow, and two children, Sarah and Michael.

“He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones.”

via Winnipeg Free Press

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6 thoughts on “Jack Layton Was A Good Man

  1. What a shame…good politicians are SO hard to find.

  2. Nalliah Thayabharan August 22, 2011 — 3:31 pm

    It is a sad day for Canada.. Jack Layton was a believer in Canada. Jack Layton’s absence from the political table will be a profound loss.
    – Nalliah Thayabharan

  3. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this, Lilian. They are a rare breed, though Canada has produced some good ‘uns. I’m thinking of Lester B. Pearson, another politician of integrity, intelligence and vision.

  4. Lilian, I wrote a little about Jack’s passing this morning, but there really aren’t any words up to this kind of grief. I admired him so very much.

  5. It is a sad day, and a shame. Yes, Di, he was another one. And Cate–my eyes welled up at what you wrote. And your last line yes: “Here on earth, it’s up to us to carry the vision into the great wide world.”

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