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cordelianne
cordelianne
Courage my friends, 'tis never too late to build a better world
Today is a sad day for Canadians, Torontonians and Jack Layton's family and friends. Early this morning, NDP leader and Canada's Official Opposition leader passed away from cancer at 61. Not only did he lead the left-leaning NDP to a strong opposition against the Conservative party earlier this year (the best results ever for the NDP), he was passionate, inspirational and well-loved by all (regardless of politics). My headline title was said by trailblazing early NDP leader, Tommy Douglas, who Jack Layton always quoted, and I am certain that Layton leaves a similar inspiring legacy.

I cried this morning and am very sad to hear of Jack Layton's passing. I remember voting for him as a Toronto city councilor many year ago and my respect for him continued throughout his career. He fought for the homeless, the environment, gay rights, and for all people without a voice. His passion and fighting spirit are inspirations to us all. My condolences to his family. We have all lost a great man.

In his final days, Layton wrote a letter which aimed to inspire us all (and I believe it has). His moving and inspiring last words:

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.

All my very best,

Jack Layton


Rest in peace Jack Layton, I'm wearing orange in your honour today.

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ringthebells From: ringthebells Date: August 22nd, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I heard the news right after I got to work. I chose not to read his letter until after work, because I knew I would cry.
cordelianne From: cordelianne Date: August 25th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was very wise! The letter is very moving - it's great he was able to leave that for us. My mom and I are going to attend his funeral on Saturday.

*hugs*
entrenous88 From: entrenous88 Date: August 23rd, 2011 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I am so sorry for Canada's loss, and sending some hope and faith in a better world your way. ♥
cordelianne From: cordelianne Date: August 25th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, thanks so much. Hope and faith in a better world are always good things. *hugs*
earth_vexer From: earth_vexer Date: August 23rd, 2011 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
The first thing I saw this morning was the headline of his death. I knew it was coming, but not so soon! It's a terrible, terrible loss, but he left a legacy to be proud of.
cordelianne From: cordelianne Date: August 25th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, I had also hoped he'd have longer. Although it's so sad it has been inspiring to see how many lives he touched, and as you note, what an amazing legacy he left. *hugs*
tabaqui From: tabaqui Date: August 23rd, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's such a lovely letter. May he rest in peace.
cordelianne From: cordelianne Date: August 25th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
It really is a wonderful letter - it's great he was able to leave us those inspirational words. *hugs*
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