Jack Layton’s passing is an unequivocal tragedy in the Canadian political arena. It was difficult to separate Jack Layton from his politics, not because one overrode the other, but because they were synonymous.
Layton tried to revitalize politics — fighting to give it a good name again — with unrelenting commitment to tolerance, compassion and social justice.
His death exemplifies that the politics of generosity and compassion aren’t weak. They reflect the inner goodness that not only constitutes the historical ordinance of Canada, but also humanity.
Layton, throughout his political career, dared to reimagine Canada, attempting to reroot it as a beacon of diversity and social justice. He proved that when you truly embody your personal convictions in your politics, you will not only be heard but respected.
Layton was heard loud and clear in May, when the NDP took over as the official opposition for the first time in history; and today that man with the cane — a charismatic and passionate Canadian — is being remembered.
Zain Velji, Calgary