Aug 23, 2011

Jack Layton Lost his Final Battle

Toronto's Member of Parliament and NDP leader, Jack Layton lost his battle with cancer yesterday at 4:41am in his home here in TO. The liberal rights activist announced that he had prostate cancer early last year and vowed to follow both his father and wife of 23 years lead and beat the disease. Unfortunately after seeing Layton speak at an event last week, those chances were beginning to look slim, but nobody would have expected something as devastating as this to happen so quickly. Members of the public have been bringing flowers and notes love and admiration to his Huron St. home. One of my personal favourites that have been shared with the public read, “Dear Jack, raise a little hell in heaven for us, will ya? We could use some more angels down here.” Even if you weren't heavily involved in politics, Jack Layton was a recognized and admired figure within our nation, and his death is a great loss to our country. Mine and the rest of my city's hearts go out to his friends and family; he was one of the few politicians I could stand behind and believed were decent, kind and genuine. He was a good man. Rest in peace Jack.

Jack left us with one last gift, you can read his final letter to Canadians, here.

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