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Canada Says Goodbye to Jack Layton

Canada Says Goodbye to Jack Layton
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On August 22, Canada woke up to the news that Jack Layton had passed away early that morning. After successfully beating prostate cancer, Layton had temporarily stepped down as leader of the party in order to battle another type of cancer. Unfortunately, this time he did not pull through.

The charismatic politician and leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) had captured the hearts of Canadians, and especially Quebecers, as he campaigned across the country in the Spring of 2011.  His successful campaign allowed his party to gain a historic rise in seats (from 37 to 103).

Over the course of the week, Canadians across the country have been remembering Layton, celebrating his life, mourning his passing, and looking forward with love, optimism and hope. Click through to see and read about the ways Canadians have been commemorating Layton’s life over the past week, culminating with his funeral today at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall.

Photo credit: Annie Urban

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6:10AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Even though I never met Jack Layton I heard such good things about him and what he wanted for Canada. I was saddened to hear of his death in the wee hours of August 22, 2011. It was a doubly sad day for me as my father too passed away at the same time on the same day. Two fine men gone but not forgotten and in good company :)

7:16PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

I met Jack at an animal welfare benefit a few years ago. I remember him as a kind and compassionate man. To leave this world a better place and to be fondly remembered, respected and loved by many is indeed incredible. RIP, Jack. You will be missed. Fondly remembered.

9:28AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Anyone who read the opinion in August 30 Province newspaper would be bothered by the disrespectful way Robert Fulford of the National Post dragged Jack Layton's name through the mud just as an opportunity to bash the NDP. I was more like disgusting. Won't ever buy or read those 2 publications ever again.

11:44AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

An American friend of mine remarked on a post I made "The loss of a great Canadian." She said it should have been "The loss of a great Man" "A human being like this belongs to everyone."

8:07PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

He was a man you could believe in. A leader for your everyday Canadian. He was definitely taken too soon. Rest in peace Mr. Layton. Thank you.

7:30PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Robert O...When the day comes that you are fit to shine the shoes of a man like Jack Layton, there will be two moons in the sky. He was a man who was GENUINE. He didn't put on a face for ANYBODY, and meant what he said, and said what he meant. He SHOULD have been proud of the man he saw in the mirror, but instead, he saw a man who had to try a little harder, and not give up the fight YET, coz there was still SOMEONE who needed someone in their corner. Maybe that is what YOU should try Robert O....befriend someone who is a complete stranger and one who has no way to reward you except with gratitude. From reading your comments, you will NEVER fill his footsteps, never mind his boots.

5:18PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

continued "Laking in empathy!"

5:16PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Just a Politician? A politician who created the white ribbon campaign to end violence against women that spread around the world. A politician who actually helped real people in trouble and spread good will to everyone around him and beyond. What contribution have you made Robert O. Spreading hate is not a contribution. I am so glad your are outnumbered but the caring people here that know what a great man Jack was.
Defination of a sociopath,

3:31PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Thank you Linda for all the examples of Jack's work and accomplishments. Maybe Robert O. can use it to learn to read.

11:44PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

We will all miss you Jack! there's no doubt about that

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