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August 22, 2012
Jim Birchard
by: Jim Birchard

Remembering Jack Layton


Hard to believe just how quickly time flies.

It was just one year ago that Canada lost who many believe to be the only honest and principled politician in the country.

It as one year ago that Jack Layton lost his battle with cancer.

That loss had an impact on just about everyone in this country one way or another, regardless of their political stripe.

People today still marvel at the leadership Layton showed in leading his party almost unbelievable success by becoming the official opposition in the Commons and making a historical breakthrough in Quebec.

While Layton's political legacy will never be forgotten, its his eloquent final letter to Canadians that still resonates with me and I hope other Canadians.

His message still brings a lump to my throat when I again read the words...., 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.

Because of that, a special website was launched this summer by the Broadbent Institute encourages Canadians to express how they are incorporating Layton's message into their lives and to share their memories of the political leader.

If you want to share some of the thoughts from other Canadians about Jack Layton you can do it at

Tonight at 6 PM -- that letter once again will be read aloud at a special remembrance ceremony taking place in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square and hopefully it will be just as inspiring now as it was one year ago.

I'm Jim Birchard


From Where I Sit is on 560 CFOS Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7:08 am and 5:08 pm

Posted: 2012-08-22 07:03:46

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