Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair.

Yesterday was a sad day for Canada. As a nation, we lost a man who was extremely dedicated to public service and who fought for his vision of a better Canada. Whether you agreed with his politics or not, Jack Layton was a breath of fresh air on the National political scene and brought a tremendous amount of energy and optimism to the House of Commons. I had the pleasure and honour of meeting Mr. Layton on a number of occasions and always found him to be engaging and kind and he always had time to speak with young people about the challenges we face as a generation.

In his final letter to Canadians, Mr. Layton displayed his continued optimism and uncompromising vision for our country. His last paragraph is very touching and we would all do well to keep these final thoughts in mind as we consider the kind of Canada, and world, we want to live in.

“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.”

Rest in peace Mr. Layton knowing that you made a positive impact on Canadian politics and society. You are gone far too soon. 

 

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