Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Goodbye, Jack

The world is poorer for your passing.

Canada has lost someone who contributed greatly to the fostering of our democracy, someone who showed that a capitalist society should also be compatible with a society that took collective care of those whose needs outstripped their ability to provide for themselves.

We have lost a great man.

Our political space was bettered when this man played his role; his civility, his ability to present his case in a clear and thoughtful way; his ability to inspire others to work for the betterment of all, will be missed for many, many years.

Goodbye, Jack.


  1. Ligneus, Golac's article is shallow, self-serving and extraordinarily tactless. Enough said.

  2. When you get instant Dianafication such as this over an ordinary over ambitious politician you're going to get some reaction, 'tactless' or not.

    Christie Blatchford puts it into perspective.

  3. Blatchford is simply displaying sour grapes. Layton was a remarkable man by any measure of our politicians, with a remarkable dedication to his community and nation, and performed unusually effectively as a politician. To deny him his due simply because so many mourn his passing, is a sad commentary in itself on the debasement of our politics.

    Jack Layton is a shining example of what we need if our democracy is to remain a vibrant one: commitment, idealism, and tough pragmatism.

    As such, The Cat salutes his memory, and his example.

  4. So remarkably dedicated that while he and his wife were drawing large salaries on Toronto City Council, they were discovered to be living in subsidized housing. Dedicated doesn't begin to do justice to their sacrifice.

    "sour grapes" Doesn't really apply here, does it?

    "commitment, idealism, and tough pragmatism."

    aka.....I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.


  5. You have to be kidding. The criticism is not "sour grapes" (at what? Being dead?) nor is it tactless. The media coverage is gross sentimentality and that is what is being criticised. Jack Layton's letter right at the end of his life invites this type of response.

  6. One could say that we're paying our respects this way, since he took the opportunity to say something meaningful at the end of his life to take political pot shots. Anyone who puts politics at the centre of his life this way, with nothing higher to aspire to, gets what he deserves.

    Ha ha: confirmation word: untivist!

  7. Socialists like Jack Layton, for all their talk of being 'progressive' and seeking 'change' are actually living in the past, history has passed them by.
    Sultan Knish can tell you about it better than I.

  8. CL, politics - in democracy like ours - is one of the highest callings one can aspire to. Your comment about Layton not aspiring to something "higher" misses the boat.

    Nuff said.

    He is gone, and Canada is poorer.

  9. Oh my! They're going to play 'Imagine' at his funeral. To borrow The Cat's words, Nuff Said.

  10. Really? Politics is a "high calling"? In that case, I'll expect a glowing tribute about how the world is a poorer place once Henry Kissinger kicks it. What the hey, if it's such a high calling no matter who is called (called by whom? one might ask), we might as well have a tribute like this to every hack politician who ever lived, right?

    Also, one does not "aspire" to a calling. If one is called, one is called, then one ought to aspire to do his best at what he has been called to do. But again, it depends on who is doing the calling, does it not? Satan does a lot of calling in this world too. Plenty of people get into politics for less than noble reasons, and without a sense of higher purpose and morals, a politician is bound to be corrupt sooner or later.

  11. And before you say a calling "comes from within", remember:

    "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9, KJV)

  12. For heavens sake get some perspective. Jack Layton was the leader of a third party (not withstanding his recent ephemeral success with some petulant Quebecers). Had he become the PM he would have turned Canada into a moribund politically correct state like the UK.
    This is not the stuff of legend and as for 'Lying in State' - what shall we do for real heroes?


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