Jack Layton Dies
August 23, 2011 by staff
When Canadians hear Monday morning that the leader of New Democratic Party and the official Opposition was dead, a collective shudder went from coast to coast.
The message was consistent in each province: Allies of the policy of recognizing the vitality Layton, leadership, and the freshness he brought to the NDP, and many who disagreed with his politics still admit that Layton was a great Canadian.
In fact it was, and in that imaginary wall where the names of Canadians are great cut, Layton is the Sir John A. McDonald, Baldwin and LaFontaine, CD Howe, Tommy Douglas, John Diefenbaker and Pierre Trudeau, to name a few.
The National Development Plan was founded in 1961, derived from the then-60-yearold Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. While the NDP has governed in every province at some point, Layton was the largest party in the national scenario of what had gone before.
A clever politician, Layton stepped back as the conservative liberals waving wildly, hit hard by the scandal, with attack ads and innuendo. Layton knew this would only be open more bases for the National Development Plan and just wait.
As Machiavelli observed in favor of political fortune is ready to grab, the Bloc Québécois in Quebec imploded. Layton wasted no time to reinvigorate the wing of the party in that province. The result is the National Development Plan left is the official opposition to the conservative right.
Layton was a man of great integrity. Once under way, never faltered. People mocked him for saying during the campaign he was running to be prime minister when his ability to fix his residence at 24 Sussex was practically nil.
But I knew I could not be otherwise if he wanted his party to be taken seriously by Canadians. It became federal NDP leader to do things by halves.
Or led his party in a bid for victory, even though the possibility was remote, or that he was betraying those who support democratic values?? And is built in this nation.
Several people, including Qualicum Parksville-Rep. Ron Cantelon, watched Layton never delivered to the furious rhetoric, divisive comments or negative attacks. He allowed members of his party do any of those things either.
That’s not to say that Layton was not able to get hits on respect, but effectively. He finished a brand style of Stephen Harper in a memorable exchange during the 2008 election debates when asked about statements by conservative politicians promised. “Where are they, under the sweater?” Layton said Harper.
Cantelon and puts the finger on what Layton in life, and now in death, is a figure so crucial for Canadian politics.
“He showed that politics should be treated without ending a politically paralyzed as the U.S.,” said Cantelon.
In an era of attack ads and a cult of personality politics that seek to undermine the Layton others, and how they ran the National Development Plan was an oasis. He combined the good qualities of a moral man with a shrewd politician.
If in the coming weeks and months ahead, Canada will move with the loss of Layton and we can only hope that the policy is towards ethical practice.
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