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Jack Layton's last letter to Canadians

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/22/pol-layton-last-letter.html

I will paste the whole copy so our friends in censored areas can read it as well:



August 20, 2011

Toronto, Ontario

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.

I recommend that Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel continue her work as our interim leader until a permanent successor is elected.

I recommend the party hold a leadership vote as early as possible in the New Year, on approximately the same timelines as in 2003, so that our new leader has ample time to reconsolidate our team, renew our party and our program, and move forward towards the next election.

A few additional thoughts:

To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.

To the members of my party: we’ve done remarkable things together in the past eight years. It has been a privilege to lead the New Democratic Party and I am most grateful for your confidence, your support, and the endless hours of volunteer commitment you have devoted to our cause. There will be those who will try to persuade you to give up our cause. But that cause is much bigger than any one leader. Answer them by recommitting with energy and determination to our work. Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let’s continue to move forward. Let’s demonstrate in everything we do in the four years before us that we are ready to serve our beloved Canada as its next government.

To the members of our parliamentary caucus: I have been privileged to work with each and every one of you. Our caucus meetings were always the highlight of my week. It has been my role to ask a great deal from you. And now I am going to do so again. Canadians will be closely watching you in the months to come. Colleagues, I know you will make the tens of thousands of members of our party proud of you by demonstrating the same seamless teamwork and solidarity that has earned us the confidence of millions of Canadians in the recent election.

To my fellow Quebecers: On May 2nd, you made an historic decision. You decided that the way to replace Canada’s Conservative federal government with something better was by working together in partnership with progressive-minded Canadians across the country. You made the right decision then; it is still the right decision today; and it will be the right decision right through to the next election, when we will succeed, together. You have elected a superb team of New Democrats to Parliament. They are going to be doing remarkable things in the years to come to make this country better for us all.

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My 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.

All my very best,

Jack Layton
 

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Rest in peace, Jack.
I would never have voted for his party, but Jack was a man who believed passionately in Canada and wanted the best for families and working class folks and I have to respect that whether or not I agreed with his methodology.

You know, I never heard a word about his passing on CNN or FOX, perhaps I missed it :???: Also didn't hear a peep about the 737 crash up north, although it was reported on BBC.
 

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He was rare among politicians.. more integrity than a busload of regular ones put together. That's a quality that is hard to find, and it will be missed. Not everyone agreed with his policies, but there was never a doubt that he really believed in what he was doing, and he was in it for the betterment of the country, not for his own gain, as is so common everywhere else you watch the news.

He was a class act.
 

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Hope the link works

http://m.youtube.com/watch?desktop_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dib9F53FxHoQ%26feature%3Dshare&feature=share&v=ib9F53FxHoQ&gl=US

Very touched by the outpouring of affection and grief across the land for Jack. Have you seen the tributes in Nathan Phillips Sq.? Ill dig up a link if anyone wants it.

Rest peaceful Mr. Layton. Much loved man.
 

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here we are

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib9F53FxHoQ&feature=share

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewolf011/6076393292/
 

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http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1045918


http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/27/jack-layton-state-funeral-toronto.html


the first url is to the Toronto Star where there are numerous links to descriptions and comments on the funeral including Stephen Lewis' eulogy which received a long standing O, which i thot was great considering our PM stood as well and applauded with his Ministers.. anyroad all this on this page and on other pages from here.

the second one is to the cbc. in particular, the video of Lewis' eulogy and the Layton children's eulogy is to be found easily on the first page.

Jack Layton was the embodiment of Social Democracy, which he articulated well. His life was about advancing the Public Good.
 

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I'm ready to gag on all this B.S. about Jack Layton. He was a socialist that never earned a nickel that wasn't taken from somebody else. He was ready to get into bed with separitists and even managed to get them to vote for him. Jack Layton was caught in massage parlour while he was married how is that sincere and caring about families. Of course Jack was smiling all the time he knew that his policies would never affect him. Steven Harper pulled off one of his best moves by giving him a state funeral, now no other socialist will ever measure up to "Jack Layton" his shadow will cover everyone for years to come. Good Luck with all your traitoris french communist back stabbers that were elected as NDP.
 

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ANGUS327 said:
I'm ready to gag on all this B.S. about Jack Layton. He was a socialist that never earned a nickel that wasn't taken from somebody else. He was ready to get into bed with separitists and even managed to get them to vote for him. Jack Layton was caught in massage parlour while he was married how is that sincere and caring about families. Of course Jack was smiling all the time he knew that his policies would never affect him. Steven Harper pulled off one of his best moves by giving him a state funeral, now no other socialist will ever measure up to "Jack Layton" his shadow will cover everyone for years to come. Good Luck with all your traitoris french communist back stabbers that were elected as NDP.


:agree: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
 

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you are certainly free to abstain from those things that are not to your liking. by all means do not open threads on subjects that cause gagging. that's just not good for your health.
 

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beethoven said:
you are certainly free to abstain from those things that are not to your liking. by all means do not open threads on subjects that cause gagging. that's just not good for your health.

and you are free to think that you are gaining any friends by posting such threads.

If you didn't think this was going to raise eyebrows, why did you post it?
 

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your mindset, not mine.. so sorry but no, i dont post to gain friends. also, i do not mind if your eyebrows rise. that is not my business nor interest. command and control is not my interest either. we could go on in circles but that is the nature of opinion isnt it.
 

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beethoven said:
your mindset, not mine.. so sorry but no, i dont post to gain friends. also, i do not mind if your eyebrows rise. that is not my business nor interest. command and control is not my interest either. we could go on in circles but that is the nature of opinion isnt it.


Well that's a good thing


Try to educate yourself on the liberal/progressive mindset, that might help, cause your ideology is dying a slow death.

maybe some marketing, based on past accomplishments is what you should do?

What liberal/progressive based societies have ever been successful?
 

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I posted this question on July 19, 2011, and didn't get an answer, so will try again.

Here is a question for you, beethoven. Like many others on here, I enjoyed looking at the fine pictures you posted on Ranch Talk. It appears you come from a well-run operation. The cattle you portrayed are of very high quality. My question for you is what part do you play in the management and success of this agricultural enterprise? I am wondering if you are merely a family member; possibly a college student who has spent too much time listening to Liberal thinking professors, and has swallowed their malarky hook, line, and sinker. For what it is worth, your credibility has jumped considerably after you posted the pictures. Before that, you had very little.
 

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people living in squalor is not for the public good. policy being biased by big business, is not what contributes to the public good. we are capable of doing and being better.
 

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Big Muddy rancher said:
ANGUS327 said:
I'm ready to gag on all this B.S. about Jack Layton. He was a socialist that never earned a nickel that wasn't taken from somebody else. He was ready to get into bed with separitists and even managed to get them to vote for him. Jack Layton was caught in massage parlour while he was married how is that sincere and caring about families. Of course Jack was smiling all the time he knew that his policies would never affect him. Steven Harper pulled off one of his best moves by giving him a state funeral, now no other socialist will ever measure up to "Jack Layton" his shadow will cover everyone for years to come. Good Luck with all your traitoris french communist back stabbers that were elected as NDP.


:agree: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
O boy I was avoiding the Jack Layton thread because I am of the same opinion as Angus but since it is laid out there I will echo and agree with this statement.
:clap: :clap:
 

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isnt this a lovely little chat we are having. so glad this thread has brot some good people together to sit and visit awhile, maybe agree or disagree, but where we all have common ground is the fact this is a rancher's forum.

it's a good thing i live far from town, because i like to keep to myself. very happy living a quiet life. yes, we have done a fine job raising the cattle. might post a few haying pictures before too long. continue to enjoy life with the spouse, going on our third decade. faced many challenges together as well, to be sure. this is marginal soil we have here, grey-wooded and so on, lots of rocks. i dont mind saying it is far harder and far more work than a guy might deserve. even with our way of thinking, that this crew doesnt seem to like, there are plenty of people who love us. wouldnt win any beauty contests tho. hahaha.

not everything i post is an endorsement by the way. some things capture my attention for many reasons, not necessarily the ones one might guess.

try and understand this. we come here to relax, enjoy a joke, share wonderful experiences, and even our differences. we ranchers have more in common than not. that part is easy. so try and be open to the differences. personal issues may make life very hard for some of us. keep it friendly people.
 

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Beethoven I am sure we all could do a Jack and enjoy a visit and talk cows and grass and weather. I imagine given your handle we could even talk music. But Jacks style of politics does get my blood to boiling. Best to talk theory and philosophy of political science and not reality when we have that visit. By the way, I am looking forward to the pictures.
 

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per said:
Best to talk theory and philosophy of political science quote]

Liberals hate that kind of thing, they'd rather do a "dump and run" or a namecalling.

their ideology does not hold up to scrunity......it's failed every time


When OT was a "worker", he was a "true conservative", now that he is retired and on the "dole", he is a liberal, go figure
 

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