Above: Jack Layton on election night, May 2, 2011 after a 102 seat victory.
The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP), passed away early this morning. Layton is one of the few political leaders I have come to respect. His capacity for nuance and non-polarizing politics played out in stark contrast to our southern neighbours. Layton was a man who was for the people and who believed that despite the limits of top-level government, he was in a position to catalyze change. Perhaps most importantly, it was evident that he heard the voices of the marginalized – and for that, he will not be forgotten. He planted a dream in Canadians. A dream beyond conservatism. A dream greater than the economic agenda that holds us hostage. A dream for the people. May we keep dreaming that dream. Rest in peace, Jack Layton, and condolences to all who knew and loved you.
The CBC has posted an obituary here.
Layton’s “Last Letter to Canadians”, written two days ago, can be read here.