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.
All my very best,
1950 – 2011
Today we lose a leader, a friend, a family man and great influencer. Jack Layton’s legacy and commitment to changing Canada as we know it will live on for years to come. His dedication to his role as the leader of the NDP shaped and changed the way Canada, North America and the world saw Canadians and themselves.
In his final years he motivated a generation that had otherwise been dormant to the political happenings in this country. He moved a province that had been neglected by other parties, and reminded Quebec they should stand and be proud of their French culture and Canada.
He gave us all hope for a better future, one where we would all come together to fight for our families, jobs, selves and friends. He reminded us to share our experiences, embrace our diversity as a country and be inviting to our neighbours regardless of their cultural heritage, financial background or education.
Jack Layton was someone we could be proud to say represented us. We could be proud of his dreams and actions because he was more than a politician, he was everyones friend.
Come tonight to join fellow Montrealers as they gather around George-Ã‰tienne Cartier Statue on Mount Royal with candlelight to remember Jack Layton. The candlelight vigil starts at 8pm.
Other cities will be hosting similar events. Log on to your Facebook and find out where to go.
Here’s the event page for Candlelight Vigil for Jack Latyon. Invite everyone you know.
Photo by Chris Zacchia for more photos of Jack Layton in Montreal