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His great-great-uncle, William Henry Steeves, was a father of Canadian Confederation. (Source) He married his first wife, Sally Halford, at age 19. They were high school sweethearts. (Source) He wa...
Go for power all you want, but Canadian citizens are smart enough to discern the difference between power and public service and Jack Layton had turned that into an art form.
Unlike some politicians who switch parties like some people change their clothes, Jack remained in the NDP knowing that it would be an uphill battle to gain any significant political clout. He watched as other prime ministers came and went, but never stopped believing in his cause.
When I heard of the news of Jack Layton's passing early this morning, I felt let down. As cancer survivors, we are part of one big family and losing a member of this family is a painful and sad reminder that some of us heal and others just don't. News like this always seems to hit close to home.
Going global is no easy feat, even for a much-loved Canadian politician who passed away before attaining his goal of being prime minister. Yet Jack Layton became a trending topic as droves of international mourners took to social networks to tweet, blog, document and create art all in his memory.
My fondest memory of Jack Layton was back in December 2009. I had just been arrested inside the House of Commons for occupying a meeting of the House Environment Committee. As we were escorted from the hill, we walked past the late NDP leader who snuck us a thumbs up and mouthed "thanks."