TheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2031 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1071 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.
No matter how random things may appear, there's always a plan.
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2109 posts, RR: 21 Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1063 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.
brilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 3795 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1040 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.
dlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 32 Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1014 times:
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.
Ferminios From Canada, joined Apr 2011, 93 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 994 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.
squared From Canada, joined May 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 879 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.
Boeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1802 posts, RR: 24 Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 874 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.
ScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 57 Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 852 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.