Tribute to Jack Layton
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. - Jack Layton
How can one help but to declare the NDP the Truly Rebellious party of Canada. Not to become partison in this charitable forum, certainly there are criticisms that can be made. But surely none could claim to put as much focus on the rights and needs of our Canadian brothers and sisters, sons and daughters who are living in poverty than the NDP.
Now as our country's shock over the passing of Jack Layton begins to subside, as detractors already begin criticisms of Jack's parting words, it becomes important for us to remember what Jack left us with for what it is; not an attempt of ego or a political ploy, but a genuine desire to inspire the people of this country to build something great.
I'm posting a small section of his final letter to Canadians, because it is addressed to the youth of Canada and I hope you will be inspired by it, as Jack was inspired by you;
To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.
Right to his dying day, Jack's desire for Canada rests in the ideas of "inclusivity" and "generosity". And he believed, as I do, that the hope for change towards these goals rests with the youth.
I don't wish to belabour the point any longer, our week has been filled with constant updates on the passing of this great Canadian, so I will leave you with a little fun. The farewell tribute to Jack Layton put together by This Hour Has 22 Minutes.