Jack Layton Dies
A lot has been said about the kind of grief Canadians have been showing for Jack Layton. Is it contrived? Why such public spectacles? Is it a true outpouring of emotion? For some it seemed clear they wanted their 15 minutes of fame and would grieve publicly and put on a performance for the cameras.
Canadians from coast to coast could admire Jack Layton's attempts to turn down the volume in the House of Commons and we were encouraged by his efforts to get the various parties working together. We admired his discipline and courage during the campaign as he waved his walking stick in the face of his pain
Very few people could have managed to go out and campaign so soon after having hip surgery, cane in tow. Fewer still could have managed a brave visage and a voice full of determination when announcing the return of a new cancer. And only one could have managed to do all that with a smile on his face.
In remembrance of Jack Layton, here is a collection of videos of the NDP leader taken over his career, including the "Hip