Oh no

The NDP loses a beloved leader who took his party to new heights, the “Little Guy” loses a tenacious and constant defender, and Canada loses a politician of extremely rare integrity:

Jack Layton, who earlier this year led his party to an unexpected victory over the Liberals to become the official opposition party for the first time in its 50-year history, died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 61.

You can express your condolences at the NDP website.

UPDATE:  Written 2 days ago, Jack Layton’s last letter to Canadians.

8 Responses to “Oh no”

  1. 1 Beijing York Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:20 am

    This news is so tragic. I was really hoping against all odds that he would have more time, much more time – even if only to rest on his laurels and enjoy time with family and friends.

    His last political act was to filibuster Harper’s “back to work” legislation after CAW was locked out by Canada Post. I remember thinking, wow we finally have an opposition leader acting like the opposition and taking Harper to task. He seemed on fire… he kept that energetic momentum going post-election.

  2. 2 JJ Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I’m sure this has already been said countless times, but it’s a sad day for Canada, it really is.

    I heard about it as I was driving somewhere this morning. I turned on CBC radio and immediately heard the words “the legacy of Jack Layton”, and tears welled up in my eyes.

    It’s been awhile since I was a hardcore NDPer, but I still respected Layton as one of the few who seemed to have any principles. What a loss. 😥

  3. 3 Nalliah Thayabharan Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    It is a sad day for Canada.. Jack Layton was a believer in Canada. Jack Layton’s absence from the political table will be a profound loss.
    – Nalliah Thayabharan

  4. 4 JJ Monday, August 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Nalliah – Agreed. This news stunned me and choked me up a lot more than I would have thought possible, given how obvious it was that he was very seriously ill when he stepped down in July. (Especially when he didn’t disclose what kind of cancer it was.)

    He definitely leaves a vacuum in Canadian politics…

  5. 5 Berlynn Monday, August 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Fekken sad day, indeed. 😦

  6. 6 Bleatmop Monday, August 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Horrible news for both his family and the country.

  7. 7 JJ Monday, August 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Damn straight, Berlynn.

  8. 8 JJ Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    It sure is. He was obviously very sick when he stepped down, and for me the “tell” that things were extremely dire was that he didn’t disclose the type of cancer he was fighting. Even so, I was shocked when I heard “Jack Layton’s legacy” on the radio.

    Very sad loss for his loved ones, and for Canada.

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