RIP Jack Layton

22 Aug

Please permit me a diversion from my usual fertility talk.

Like thousands of Canadians, I am absolutely gutted to hear about the death of Jack Layton. He was an incredibly principled, charismatic, compassionate politician. As a long-time city councilor and community activist, he defended gays against the 1981 bathhouse raids in Toronto, supported equal marriage from day one (and at his own wedding to the incredible Olivia Chow), promoted trans rights, fought for affordable housing and stood up for universal health care. He was a hero in every sense of the word, propelling the NDP from virtual oblivion to Official Opposition status in just a few short years. By all accounts, he was a kind, down-to-Earth, obsessively hardworking man.

And two days before he died, he wrote all of us a letter:

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.

Rest in peace Jack. We promise to follow your advice and to never give up the fight for a fairer, kinder, more just Canada. You were the best Prime Minister we never had.

One Response to “RIP Jack Layton”

  1. endoandbeyond August 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Rest in peace Jack.
    “My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey…”

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