Monday, August 22, 2011
I was both shocked and saddened when Lisa called me this morning to tell me that Jack Layton had lost his battle with cancer. While we never agreed with his policies, we have the utmost respect for the man's energy, courage and strength of conviction. He inspired a whole new generation of young people to run in the recent federal election and regardless of your political stripe, our country is the richer for it.
Jack possessed a quality lacking among many a politician this day....true leadership. The man was a visionary. The respect he received from colleagues across the political spectrum was indeed well-deserved. Jack, you were truly a great Canadian and the greatest Prime Minister we never had. Thank you for inspiring us through both your politics and your own personal battles. Canada finds itself a little poorer today with your passing.