Nope, this is about the absolute, sheer waste and loss that cancer creates. I've been in tears off and on all day today over the loss of J.ack La.yton, the leader of Canada's opposition. After years of struggling, working hard every day in the trenches, fighting for everyday people, finally to become leader of the opposition (a huge feat for the N.DP as it was the first time they reached that goal) in May 2011, he was snatched from us by cancer ... at 61. He spent just 3 short months as the leader of the opposition unable to truly enjoy the fruits of his labour.
He was a man of principle who never backed down from a fight even when it looked like it was a losing battle. He was always optimistic but also a serious pragmatist. While he certainly wanted to win over voters he never shied away from a principled position even if it made him deeply unpopular. He was a great debater but never maligned anyone in his rise to the top. He talked to everyone and ignored no one. He inspired people of all ages but most importantly young people who had turned away from voting and the traditional political process. He truly believed that Canada is great and that we could make it even better, so much so that 2 days before he died he wrote a letter to Canadians which is truly inspiring ... he thought of others right until the end.
Our country is in mourning, a truly deep and heartfelt feeling of loss has gripped this country. RIP Jack, you made this country a better place for everyone. You will be greatly missed. Those of us who remain will continue the fight with renewed vigour.
And my last words on this post, which I think are entirely appropriate ...
"Courage, my friends, 'tis not too late to build a better world." ~ Tommy Douglas