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Watch our video of the Celebration of Love, Hope and Optimism concert in Nathan Phillips Square: Dear Jack
Même éteint, Jack, vous illuminez le Canada du nouveau rêve américain : "les différences" comme berceau d'une nation résiliente et digne de confiance. Soyez fier d'avoir mis sur notre route des individus, des familles prêtes à changer le monde !
#DearJack the one politician that every Canadian called by first name. missed always, celebrated forever.
par la patiente et l'écoute et en gardant en mémoire son courage
sa sensibilté et son sourire.
Thank you, Jack, for inspiring a country (and me!). You are truly missed and although my heart aches I am comforted by the continued outpouring of support. Together we will make a better Canada. Your legacy lives on, thank you for your tireless work.
Salut Jack. Merci pour tout, je me souviens: "L’amour est cent fois meilleur que la haine. L’espoir est meilleur que la peur. L’optimisme est meilleur que le désespoir."
When I was 13 I would drop off NDP Flyers into peoples mail boxes. He was the one I couldn't wait to vote for. We can not forget his message about love, hope and optimism. I wish I could have met him.
I’m remembering a man whose leadership was exemplified by its strength and integrity; a man who fought tirelessly for the inclusion of all. I’m remembering Jack and hope that my small contribution will prove to be representative of his mentorship.
One year ago I stood in line with my 2 month old son to pay my respects to a great man whose legacy inspires the way I teach my children about the world, love, equality and our great country. We miss you so much Jack.
You expressed succinctly what I try each day to model for my students. In a very complex world your message is an ideal worth aiming for. Your resolute egalitarianism was admirable. You are missed.
250 characters doesn't seem like enough to really express how much you mean to Canadians. There is a new generation of us coming to take charge in Ottawa, and that is thanks to you Jack, you were and remain to be Canada's greatest warrior. Miss you
Merci Jack d'être encore aujourd'hui, une source d'inspiration pour tout un peuple.
To my generation you were the politician we connected with – your bike, your sarcasm – the trustache! More importantly you believed change was possible. Your life ignited a generation of activists, hoping to live our lives in love, hope & optimism.
Like my father at 61, you were taken from me, and all of us, far too young. And just like my father, I'm grateful for the time I had with you and learning from you.
With much love and affection, I thank you.
A year today you had to go
One of the saddest days I will ever know
Watched our country to see it react
You asked us all to love and act
Canadians replied with tears and chalk
You've inspired us to walk the walk
Tansi Jack. Thinking of you with gratitude today. Thank you for standing up for Aboriginal people and other under-represented communities. You continue to inspire me to help our communities find their voices.
You shook my daughter's hand when she was four and took the time to talk to her. She's growing up to be a politically aware kid. Another activist is born.
Jack was a good soul, with a strong independent character, and a heart in the right place. He has inspired me to try to be the same…He was personable, approachable and real. All politicians ought to take a page from Jack!
Regena Kaye Russell
This prayer reminds me of you. It is HH the Dalai Lama's favourite.
For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain
Until then may I, too, abide
To dispel the misery of the world.
Thank you, Jack!
Hier soir à Sherbrooke, tous les francophones ont chanté Working Class Hero pour Jack, avec le MP Jean Rousseau à la guitare.Seul anglophone présent, j'entendais la chanson pour la 1ère fois.Au moins, je buvais une bière à base d'orange!GW
Dear Jack, I look at your Smile and Message everyday in my office. I wish I could stand in your shadow! I want to teach Canadians Democracy so badly. Our lives would be so much better. But Jack, Your Smile gives me Hope that One day Soon I Will.
Jack Layton passed away the day I moved away from home for law school in BC. My saddest day in some time was multiplied by the news. I am now visiting home, again with my family on the one year anniversary. Always and forever, Jack — thank you.
Jack made me realize how important it is that we work for the long long run – 7 generations hence – keeping ourselves and our planet healthy. We can't just act in election cycles – we must act for our grandchildren's grandchildren!
#DearJack You showed me what Canada can be, and that nothing is impossible as long as there is hope. Thank you for a lifetime of hard work, optimism, and integrity. I'll be doing my part from now on.
Ma façon de perpétuer le message de Jack est de retweeter régulièrement une partie de sa dernière lettre, les évènements qui ont trait à tout ce qui est fait en son honneur et les écrits intéressants de personnes qui désirent poursuivre son oeuvre.
You have make me a bit less cynical and a bit more hopeful. Thanks to you I still think possible a a future were people is more important than institutions or corporations.
This is how I'll remember Jack – at ease and enjoying himself with friends in the riding.
Here's a simple song I wrote last August as I watched the lightningstrike our tower. I wanted to share it with Jack's friends and colleagues and ever-growing circle at this time. Peace, Mike Ford