Whether you agreed with his politics or not, you have to
give Jack Layton credit for the character and courage he showed in the final
days of his life.
It was just under a month ago, he mustered his strength and
hobbled into a news conference — a frail looking figure — to announce that he
was taking a leave from his duties as Leader of the Opposition to deal with his
As we all discovered Monday he was really saying, “this is
the end folks, I am going home to die”.
He fought a hard battle both politically and personally. Even at his
final news conference he maintained a positive and determined message, that he
would beat this cancer, and he’d be back leading his party and the opposition,
in order to keep those crooked Conservatives in line. He was a very likeable
He firmly and bravely stood by his political principles right to the end. The irony is that he fought so hard to get to
the No. 2 spot in Canadian politics and then cancer took him out. The brass
ring was perhaps in many respects in sight, but grabbing it just wasn’t meant
Whether you agreed with his politics or not, he was a great
Canadian. He did what he thought was right. He will be missed.
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