It’s not very often that a politician engages an entire nation.
No matter what your political leaning, you listened, he listened, and he talked to you.
He also recognized the importance of engaging young people (like myself) in politics. You could almost say he was anti-apathy: the greatest enemy.
In fact, I can partially attribute my interest in the field to him, and for that I am thankful.
Monday was a sad day in Canada.
Not even a full month after he headed medical advice to take a leave of absence from office, he lost his battle with cancer. This, however, was not before he released a letter urging people fighting the disease never to give up.
No matter your values or allegiances, he was always worth listening to; even inspirational.
Rest in peace, Jack Layton. You will be remembered by all stripes in this country that you loved, so very much.
Tyler J. Smith,