A Vigil for Jack Layton
I have always admired the politician and the human being. He was fair, he changed political debates from dog-eat-dog to a more civil exchange. He was passionate, on everything from homelessness to senior’s dignity to care for the environment. It wasn’t about him, it was him being the best he could be as a servant to the people.He was a musician who liked the folk songs of the 60’s and lived his life for the cause of bettering the world.. He listened and he responded. With that in mind, I attended a vigil to celebrate his life at the Alberta legislature . I felt sad, yet also inspired to carry on his legacy in some small way. There was a good turn-out of people who showed up to celebrate his life, whether they were of his political persuasion or not. People have showed up all across Canada to express their grief, their gratitude, their condolences.Thank you 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, in his letter to Canadians