It was with much dismay and sadness that Canadians learned of the death of Mr. Jack Layton, husband of Olivia, a father, a friend of average Canadians and families, and clearly a highly- respected statesman. He was many things, but he was also the leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada.
The first thing that most people will tell you is that Jack was successful at what he did, leading the party that became "official opposition" in the last Federal election. He tossed the arrogant Liberal Party into the twilight zone of political parties, close to non-party status. The fact that he also took Quebec by storm, virtually wiping out the separatist Bloc Quebecois is worthy of note.
With that brief but heady success and facing a Harper Progressive Conservative majority in the House of Commons, Jack bravely took on cancer head-to-head for the second time and lost.
A state funeral soon to be held will honour Jack.
R.I.P, Jack Layton.
May your family stay strong and receive comfort in their faith and your memory.
Jack's gone, now what ?
The fact is, I believe that politicizing anyone's death is a bad thing to do and is thoughtless. Regardless of one's political affiliation, now is not the time to speculate on the meaning of his " final note" or any other political consideration.
AT this time, at Incoming Bytes we encourage all Canadians to show respect and reflect kindly upon the memory of a great Canadian that truly earned the respect of all Canadians.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.