Remembering Jack Layton

Olivia Chow talks about carrying on. Brent Hawkes reflects on his eulogy. Thomas Mulcair salutes his predecessor. Joan Bryden considers the public’s reaction to Jack Layton’s passing. And Tobi Cohen considers the state of play for the NDP.

In the current issue of the magazine, I have a piece about Mr. Layton’s last letter. That piece, plus an essay from Ms. Chow, can also be found in a new collection of this magazine’s writing on the late NDP leader.

Commemorations this week will include a memorial celebration at Nathan Phillips Square on Wednesday evening.




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Remembering Jack Layton

  1. I am just going to say it…….I feel very sorry on personal note for Olivia Chow and Jack Layton’s friends and family. BUT, the St. Jack thing is getting old. Yes he was a career poltician who worked for his various consituencies but he was hardly the self-sacrificing myth that the NDP spin machine seems to want to turn him in to. On a poltical front, I thought he was an opportunist, bereft of any practical national ideas or policy and frankly he played a populist ‘game’ that is akin to Stephen Harper’s (only from the left of the poltical spectrum) as an example……how are you liking your healthcare now? remember that’s what he teamed up with Harper for to bring him into office in 2006. By all means commemorate him, he was a great leader for the NDP….but the spin needs to be held in check becuase I tell you, what is the party going to do when more and more like me feel the same way? Will the party campaign on the ghost of Jack? what does that do to Mulcair? at what point do we stop believing it when the NDP says ‘trust me’ this is what Jack would have wanted’? and what do you do to the legacy of other NDPers before Jack?

  2. This DAILY/WEEKLY political grieving/posturing is pure propaganda and I am sure that Mr Layton himself would say “STOP”… enough is enough.
    It is done purely for political purposes by NDP strategists and has little to do with Layton or his family.
    Its utterly shameful to use an untimely death for political purposes but the NDP have it developed to a fine art. Rather sickening to severely normal Canadians.
    Give us a break. Its over. Let Jack rest in peace.

  3. Are you people kidding me, enough already with Jack, he did absolutely nothing for this country, he was a politician, he was leader of the ndp, not a mayor, not a premier, and not a prime minister. big deal he fought for political rights, that was his job which he got paid alot of money to do, other then that he did not do nothing, he didn’t say a cat from a tree or put his life in jeopardy!!! so enough with jack.

    • You and Leo got the script I see.

  4. Are you people kidding me, enough already with Jack, he did absolutely nothing for this country, he was a politician, he was leader of the ndp, not a mayor, not a premier, and not aprime minister. big deal he fought for political rights, that was his job which he got paid to do, other then that he did not do nothing, he didn’t say a catfrom a tree or put his life in jeopardy!!! so enough with jack.

    • your absolutely right leo!

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