In a way it was shocking, but after the news conference last month, it seemed inevitable. It's sad that he won't get the chance to sit in Parliament after leading the NDP to its greatest result ever in a Canadian election.
It's nice to see Jack getting tributes from all sides of the political spectrum, even those who can't stand the NDP, just because he was likeable, charismatic, and passionate about Canada.
Sad day for Canada. I lived in Layton's riding in Toronto for three years and had nothing but respect and admiration for the man. RIP Jack
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Originally posted by Jack LaytonMy friends, 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’ll change the world.
Dubya did that too for some of his "town hall meetings" when he was running for re-election. I can't back it up with a clipping or anything since *I'm* goofing off at work, but that leads me to think that it's common procedure.