Meet Jack Layton
It is so dreadfully sad about Jack Layton dying on cancer. His death seems to have touched most of Canada, He was a much admired politician and human being. He will lie in State in the Rotunda of the Parliament Buildings with a State Funeral in Toronto on Saturday( a unique honour usually reserved for the Head of State, the Governor General and the Leader of the Government, the Prime Minister. He will also will be available in Toronto for two days so people from his city can pay their respects. I suspect there will be large crowds if the informal memorial site across the country are any indicator.
I thought those who would like to see him, with all his grace and charm, in life , they might enjoy these three video's below when Rick Mercer interviewed him (interviews is too formal a term). I prefer to say interacted with Jack and enjoyed being with him. (Rick Mercer is a Canadian satirist and TV personality)
This first video is a tour of Jack's riding in Toronto, the Danforth. At one time I owned a home in this interesting riding just south of the Danforth where Greek Town is. When I sold this property I made enough money to purchase my present farm property. This riding is an inner city neighbourhood of older homes and a diverse population, a smaller version of the whole of Toronto.
When I first saw this second video I was really impressed. Jack Layton and his wife Olivia Chow live a life that is consistent with their principles. They live in an older house in an inner city neighbourhood, the riding in which Olivia Chow is the member of parliament.. Their house has been retrofitted so that they are virtually energy neutral, even able to feed electricity back into the grid at times. Also, Jack has no car and rides his bicycle around town. He and Olivia occasionally ride a bicycle built for two.
This final video is a sample of the political process, on the road, seeking support for the upcoming election. Jack Layton fed off and contributed to the vitality of these occasions. He alway seemed to love to be with people. His political focus was always to have government meet the needs of people, particularly those who were being marginalized by the system.
I hope you enjoyed this opportunity to see Jack Layton in life in all his charm, affably with people. He will be missed by all those friends, family, constituents and so many others whose lives he touched. His many contributions to the life of Toronto and Canada will long be remembers.