Jack Layton Funeral
CBC Toronto viewers have chosen the death of Jack Layton and the subsequent outpouring of grief across the city and country
The thought seemed simple enough -- head over to Nathan Phillips Square and take some time to thank the people who were waiting in the long lines to say goodbye to Jack Layton. But the solemnity of the moment was overwhelmed by the enormity of the public outpouring.
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The NDP and Jack Layton's family are facing scrutiny over the period following the late-leader's death. The NDP is returning
While canvassing I asked one community resident, "Why do people in this building hate the NDP?" He replied, "I will tell you something. I am a loser... And I don't want to be friends with losers... I want to be part of a winning team... Do you understand that? I want to be a winner."
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.
I guess there are those out there who dismiss all that Jack Layton stood for as pie-in-the-sky fantasy, naïve, granola-crunchy utopianism. For them, inclusiveness, generosity, equality, justice, fairness and respect are all either not achievable or desirable.
I suppose crying over Jack's death makes me a member of what Christie Blatchford called "the mourning chaff;" those who make a spectacle out of a death they weren't affected by. I dislike this idea of a mourning hierarchy. This isn't a game of Who's the Saddest. This idea undermines how he affected Canadians.
My support of the NDP reflects my sentiment for what I grew up with: a pro-democratic movement that began in 1980 and managed to topple communism in 1989. I come from the country that had its own Jack, complete with defiant moustache and charisma.
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.