It’s very sad times, one of the best politicians in a long time and possibly all time is no longer with us. Hope and optimism have defined his political career. He'll never be forgotten for what he did for Canada and for his belief that we Canadians can have better lives. I didn’t always agree with some of the New Democratic Party (NDP) policy’s but I always liked Jack Layton. His leadership qualities were truly outstanding, hes truly a dynamic leader.
Jack has been battling prostate cancer and had recently fractured his hip, it’s unbelievable he fought all of that and still fought for families too. If that couldn’t stop Jack then what could? He then announced he had a new type of cancer which was sadly the beginning of the end. I truly believed Jack when he said; he’ll fight cancer now so he can fight for families later. He said and vowed he’ll be back when Parliament resumed on September 19th. Unfortunately his treatment has not worked out as he and we hoped.
I’ve always liked Jack because of his personality; he was a fighter, he fought for what he believed in which I loved. I believe he always had a soft spot in his heart for Newfoundland and Labrador, he always treated us fairly. Jack’s calling was clearly politics, he is naturally good at it and unlike the likes of Stephen Harper, his speeches weren’t all scripted. He could answer a question without having to memorize an answer. His leadership qualities always amazed me and they always will, he was meant to lead us.
He spent years building up the New Democratic Party (NDP) based on his beliefs that we can have better health care, equality, justice, and opportunity. After all his years of hard worked and determination paid off he built them up so very high, he finally managed to gain the Official Opposition. It was only a matter of time before he would of become Prime Mister like he said he would be in his high school year book. He got as close as he could get to that dream. If the New Democratic Party (NDP) kept going in the direction they were going, they would have gotten ever stronger and would have gained more supporters though out Canada. By the time next election rolled around they would have had a big chance to finally beat the Conservative government and Jack would have earned the title Prime Minster.
They can try as hard as they want but they will never find someone as good as Jack to replace him. Jack is one of a kind. What he had though us, will live on forever. “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.”