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NDP's Jack Layton Has Died  
User currently offlineskysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Heard on the radio this morning and just saw a flash at CBC's website that Jack Layton lost his battle with Cancer.

All politics aside he was actually a pretty decent, down to earth guy and i'm sure he'll be sorely missed by many people.

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User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1061 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1281 times:
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RIP. We are down a Opposition Leader, NDP leader, and an all around nice guy. Jack helped moderate the tone of Federal Politics and IMO was the most likeable Federal party leader.

He will be missed.



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User currently offlineFoxTwo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1246 times:

As much as I may have disagreed with his politics, he was a beyond admirable and iconic figure. People voted for "Jack". How often does one gather so much confidence from the people?

RIP Jack


User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2038 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1173 times:

As much as I disliked his politics, Jack Layton, IMHO, was probably the most upstanding politician we've had in 20 years. It takes a man with some serious stones to put his constituents and MP's above his own health. I salute his dedication to his fellow citizens. Jack has definitely left some big shoes to fill on Parliament Hill, and that goes for all MP's out there regardless of what party they belong to.


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User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1165 times:

Was very sad and shocked to hear this. Even though his health problems were well-known, I personally still had no sense that it was this bad - was still hoping he'd be back in the fall. He was a little too left for me (which is saying something as I'm no conservative!), but I still voted NDP in the last election based on the strength and sincerity of his character, which seemed lacking in every other party. A very decent, respectable man.

I was glad to read Harper's comments - I'm always most curious about what the 'enemy' will say, and his words seemed heartfelt and sincere. Gives one a little hope.

JL



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User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4118 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1142 times:

I would like to add my condolences to the Layton family and feel that there will be one less decent man in politics in Canada. I would never vote for him due to his party's policies but as a man he was one to be admired.


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User currently offlinedlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1116 times:
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Quoting YYZatcboy (Reply 1):
RIP. We are down a Opposition Leader, NDP leader, and an all around nice guy. Jack helped moderate the tone of Federal Politics and IMO was the most likeable Federal party leader.
Quoting FoxTwo (Reply 2):
As much as I may have disagreed with his politics, he was a beyond admirable and iconic figure. People voted for "Jack". How often does one gather so much confidence from the people?

     

Even though I'm not a huge NDP supporter, I had huge respect for Jack. I wonder how long it will take to find another politician who will be as respected as him on the national scale.


User currently offlineFerminios From Canada, joined Apr 2011, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

Rest in Peace Jack Layton. As a former Canadian resident I found him to be one of the most exemplary and characteristic members of Parliament. Although I consider myself conservative, the character of Layton was something Harper, or really any politcal leader in Canada couldn't match. I watched him speak on TV while Andrew Sheer was appointed as speaker of the House 8 weeks ago and despite the fact that he had still trouble walking the man looked full of energy and it is hard to believe that he's gone now. Things can change quickly and it shows that we need to enjoy life to the fullest.

He wrote a letter 2 days ago, which can be found here:
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Le...+hasn+gone+well/5289262/story.html

Jack, you'll be in our hearts forever.  

[Edited 2011-08-22 13:57:19]

User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2717 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1054 times:

A man of passionate beliefs and infinite good cheer. We'll miss you Smiling Jack. RIP.

User currently offlineSKYSERVICE_330 From Canada, joined Sep 2000, 1412 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

From his last letter to Canadians, written two days before his death:

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
August 20, 2011.


We have lost a passionate statesmen and a one-of-a-kind politician. It has been touching to see Canadians of all ages, backgrounds, and political stripes expressing their sadness.

A state funeral is to be held Saturday in Toronto.


User currently offlineHOONS90 From Malaysia, joined Aug 2001, 2999 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1032 times:
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I would like to express my deep sadness in hearing that Mr. Layton has passed away. This just happened so quickly, and my thoughts and sympathies goes out to his family during this difficult time.

He was truly a charismatic and passionate politician with exemplary character.



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User currently offlinesquared From Canada, joined May 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 981 times:

He will be terribly missed. And while I disagreed with some of his politics, he was one of the few admirable politicians. He was a force to be reckoned with, and his charisma, optimism, and general good-nature made Canadian politics much more than just mud-slinging.

RIP Jack Layton.


User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1829 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 976 times:

I echo the others above. While I didn't agree with Jack politically, I could never say that he was not a shrewd politician and an honourable man. My sincerest condolences to his family. I really hope Olivia can find the strength to continue her work for her own riding - although that is her own decision to make.

Also, kudos to Harper for offering a state funeral. That is certainly appropriate.


User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 954 times:

Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 4):
Was very sad and shocked to hear this. Even though his health problems were well-known, I personally still had no sense that it was this bad - was still hoping he'd be back in the fall.

Me too. I was very surprised and saddened by the news this morning. I had no idea his diagnosis was this serious.

He did seem to be a good man who really tried to do his best for Canada and Canadians. I'm happy that he was able to bring his party to the new heights it reached in the last election. His work was not done, but he saw the fruits of his work so far.

Canada has suffered a great loss today.



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