Jack Layton’s last letter to Canadians

Jack Layton died today. He wrote this just before he died.While you can find the entire letter here (CBC.ca News – Jack Layton’s last letter to Canadians) I thought this passage in particular was great, and one I strongly endorse:

Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

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.

Rest in peace, Jack.

One response to “Jack Layton’s last letter to Canadians

  1. I think what an elite few in this country are afraid to admit is that what made Jack Layton so appealing to more Canadians than vote Conservative is that he was GENUINE. In a business of fakery and old boy’s clubs, he was real. He didn’t condescend and he didn’t lie. May have fumbled a few passes but who doesn’t? He walked—or should I say cycled?—the talk. And he walked it with Olivia.
    And best of all, he never turned into a dour old creep with no scruples and a giant bank account but a soul that’s tainted forever. Jack was our man, his day had come, and it was stolen from him. That qualifies as a Canadian tragedy, and Jack joined the ranks of legendary Canadians like Tommy Douglas, Terry Fox, Bill Mason, Pierre Trudeau who had a better vision of this country than the sad alternative now being played out upon us against our will.
    Jack, may your vision of Canada come true and may you rest in that dream.