Sometimes we think we are too busy then something happens that makes us stop.
Busy times are afoot but on this day I must take time to honor Jack Layton. Here in Canada Jack was a politician who never left a bad taste in your mouth when you spoke his name.
He was a gentle man, a positive politician who could, and did scrap with the best of them.
We did not always share the same point of view but admiration for him was a constant. He was decent and how unusual it was that he could survive the political arena for so long? Unfortunately there is not a single other out there that can be identified as decent.
This is a critical time in the politics and history of the world and Canada is the worse for his loss.
Paul Dewar, the NDP’s foreign affairs critic, described Mr. Layton’s heart “as big as a prairie sky who offered hope at a time when many people were turned off by cynicism in politics.”
Mr. Dewar also recalled his indefatigable optimism and drive: “As many witnessed time and time again Jack dreamed no little dream and when someone said ‘you can’t do that’ to Jack he would smile that smile and just work harder to prove them wrong.”