Canada-NDP Leader Jack Layton has passed away

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  1. puppyraiser

    puppyraiser Active Member

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    NDP Leader Jack Layton died Monday mere weeks after announcing that he was fighting a new form of cancer, and just months after leading his party to its most successful federal election result ever. He was 61.

    http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20110822/ndp-leader-jacklayton-obit/

    On August 20th Mr Layton wrote a letter in which he addressed all Canadians with these final words:
    "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." ~Jack Layton

    http://www.ctv.ca/generic/WebSpecials/pdf/20110820_Letter-Cdns-Jack-Layton-EN.pdf

    RIP Jack, you were loved and admired by many.
     
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  3. DollyPardonMe

    DollyPardonMe New Member

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    He sounded like a wonderful man! Maybe his words of wisdom will be heard by the politicians of our country someday!

    ~RIP~ Jack..Your friend from the South!
     

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