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Monday, August 22, 2011

When I heard the news about Jack Layton, I was in the kitchen preparing the espresso machine. It was 8:57AM. The morning cartoons were over and Radio-Canada news appeared on the television with the special report.

He was 61 years old.

I was shocked. I stood in front of the screen, listening to every word she was saying. Then the words "No way." barely took form and dripped out of me.

Jack Layton was the only politician that had me going. I could believe what he was saying and what he wanted to achieve. It never crossed my mind that he was a liar like so many ordinary men bending for their own benefit.

This guy was the real deal. He RAN the walk. He stood for everything he publicly proclaimed as valuable and dear to us. Courageous, honorable, kind, honest and persevering, he will leave behind a massive gap on the political stage.

Jack Layton
July 18, 1950 – August 22, 2011

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