Farewell Jack

The Hon. Jack Layton 1950-2011
(Parliament of Canada website)

It was with great regret that I learned today of the passing of the Hon. Jack Layton, MP, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, and Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition.

The fall of a great champion is always due a poignant sadness. Jack was indeed a great champion, and a fierce and feisty competitor always to be reckoned with.

Succumbing to a major illness so soon after waging a vigorous national campaign with such dramatic success now brings that battle into focus in an even more gallant, heroic, and Herculean light. Well done, Jack! — for this, and indeed for your many contributions throughout your life.

On my own behalf, and, as President of the Port Moody — Westwood — Port Coquitlam Federal Liberal Association, on behalf of our membership, I offer condolences to Jack’s family, friends, and followers.

The rich tapestry of Canadian political discourse is diminished today. Jack has left big shoes to fill. His passing is a loss to all Canadians.

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