Jack Layton dead
Go for power all you want, but Canadian citizens are smart enough to discern the difference between power and public service and Jack Layton had turned that into an art form.
My support of the NDP reflects my sentiment for what I grew up with: a pro-democratic movement that began in 1980 and managed to topple communism in 1989. I come from the country that had its own Jack, complete with defiant moustache and charisma.
Last night I dreamt of Jack Layton. We talked about the messy, unpredictable vulnerability of all these human bodies we walk around in. And that surely, fair and equitable access to care for these bodies is essential to a just, humane and democratic society.
More and more, Canadian politics are about personality and who is the face of the party. I worry about the NDP now that such a strong and sharply defined leader is gone.