Saturday, August 27, 2011
I am writing this entry in orange today as a tribute to Jack Layton, the leader of the official opposition (NDP) in Canada who passed away this week. His funeral is today. Many Canadians, whether we share his political views or not, are saddened by the loss of a man who has consistently fought for the rights of all Canadians. He has tirelessly supported the poor and marginalized of our society and has always shown optimism and hope for creating a better world for all. He was a role model for his beliefs - for example - driving a bicycle to work, taking time to speak to all groups in society, even opening his home to people who needed a place to meet. He was known to entertain the press on the campaign trail with his guitar and love of music. In a time when many political parties around the world will do anything just to win at all costs, I believe that Jack Layton always put the needs of the country and its citizens first. I hope that politicians around the world will see the great outpouring of love and respect for this man and realize that their citizens are intelligent enough to see what they are doing. Ultimately we will choose those who genuinely care about their country and not those who are simply seeking power and wealth while the average family suffers. Rest in Peace Jack! May the dream live on.