For those of you who are not Canadian and do not know about current Canadian politics, Jack Layton is the leader of the party in opposition to the Government. The governing party, the one with the most elected members of parliament, is the Conservative Party, lead by Stephen Harper. The official opposition is the New Democratic Party, and was, up until today, lead by Jack Layton.
One thing that probably sets him apart is that no one is glad that he is gone. That can’t be said of a lot of politicians. Why is this important, and why am I writing about it? I really don’t know the answer to that question. One of the things maaybe that makes it important to me was the person that Jack was. First of all I didn’t know him personally, nor had I ever met him, so there was no personal attachment of any sort. But what there was, is a link to what an example that he was in the way that he lived, and what he stood for personally. He was a man of integrity, empathy and action. He was a leader, a visionary and a family man. He was also a politician, and usually when a man becomes a polatician, they loose most of the qualities that made them want to ba a politician in the first place. Something for the rest of the politicians to think about, in reflection and for the future.
Not Jack, in fact if anything these things seemed to mature and bloom. There, I guess that is why. There is no need for me to explain who else he was, there are thousands of articles and newstories about him so enought said. Jack will be missed, dearly and deeply.