08-25-2011, 10:02 AM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow!
RIP Jack Layton
A truly inspirational Canadian Political figure lost his battle with Cancer last Monday.
R.I.P. Jack Layton
Mourners pay their respects as Jack Layton returns to Ottawa one last time - Yahoo! News
OTTAWA - They came by the thousands, in all ages, shapes and colours to stand in the heavy August humidity and sporadic rain, waiting their turn to bid farewell to Jack Layton.
They filed past the late NDP leader's flag-draped coffin in the foyer of the House of Commons at a rate of about 1,000 per hour, according to a Commons official.
"Jack Layton represented the regular Canadian person and he played an important role in Parliament in bringing government to the ordinary person."
Beside the Centennial Flame, a makeshift memorial grew through the afternoon. There were cards and candles, flowers in every shade of orange, the ubiquitous cans and bottles of Orange Crush.
Layton was 61 when he died of cancer on Monday. He returned to Parliament for the last time on Wednesday morning, borne on the shoulders of eight scarlet-clad Mounties.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on his annual Arctic tour, but is scheduled to attend the state funeral in Toronto on Saturday. He spoke of Layton's accomplishments during a news conference, though.
"The thing that immediately comes to mind, of course, is the historic achievement he had with the New Democratic Party," Harper said.
"It's obviously a tragedy and unfortunate that he's not able to survive to really enjoy that achievement the way he should have."
Broadbent, Layton's predecessor, said Layton left a solid legacy."He's restored civility to public life. He's made Canadians, once again, believe in politicians. He transcends — at least for the moment — all partisan considerations.
"He had a remarkable life as a politician. He was proud to be a politician. He preached, if I can put it that way, the best of values."
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
True love is wanting to give to another person without any thought about
who’s getting the better of the deal.
Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise
~All quotes by Leo Buscaglia