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Old 08-22-2011, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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NDP Leader Jack Layton, who led Canada's Official Opposition, has died at his Toronto home at age 61 after a long battle with cancer.

Layton died peacefully at his home in Toronto early Monday, surrounded by family and loved ones, according to a statement from his wife, Olivia Chow, and his children, Sarah and Michael Layton.

Source From: LIVE: Jack Layton dead of cancer at 61 - *News - MSN CA
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:32 AM
 
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RIP Jack, you would have made a great Prime Minister one day, you were more of a man than
Steven Harper could EVER hope to be.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Canackistan
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RIP Jack, you would have made a great Prime Minister one day, you were more of a man than
Steven Harper could EVER hope to be.
I repsectfully disagree. Jack had a couple okay ideas, but he would have run this country into the ground in no time flat.

I have a serious problem with the notion of politician = celebrity. You're elected to do a job, not to stand there and be a glamour woore.
Harper is a money man, and that's who you want in office. We've just climbed into a position where things are better, we certainly don't want to return to the dark ages.

Having said that, rest in peace. Condolences to his wife Olivia and his two children.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Lethbridge, AB
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RIP and my condolences to his family.

Our visions for this country were very different, but he was the best kind of adversary.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Toronto > Montreal > Kiev
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RIP Jack, you would have made a great Prime Minister one day, you were more of a man than
Steven Harper could EVER hope to be.
OK I'll say RIP, but I'd have a lot more respect for him if he had different ideals. You must be joking about the PM comment.

Wasn't he living in community housing whilst making over 120K/year. You seriously want someone like that to run a country.

To be honest I'm crossing my fingers for Conservatives to take hold in Ontario come October..
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:32 PM
 
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"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 will change the world."

{Jack Layton}
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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RIP Jack..we didnt agree on many political issues but you were a barrel of laughs at a party..
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: grooving in the city
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"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 will change the world."

{Jack Layton}
I had the opportunity to meet Jack Layton-- and although I didn't agree with his politics often, I will say that he was definitely a man of conviction, and he truly wanted a better world. He will be missed.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:14 PM
 
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Jack Laytonís family has now released the letter he wrote to be released in the event
that he passed away.

Jack Layton’s letter to Canadians - Beyond The Commons, Capital Read - Macleans.ca
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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RIP Jack. I wish my country's leaders could be more like him.
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