Jack Layton, the charismatic leader of New Democratic party of Canada has lost his long and courageous battle with cancer. A man, who represented with tenacity the other, more soft and compassionate part of Canada. Canada not associated with guns but peace, not war making but peacekeeping, not two tired and business oriented healthcare but Canadian concept of universal and affordable healthcare to all. A politician, who was pragmatic yet uncompromising. Who believed, that the strength of country is not the strength of uncontrolled private business development and international business conglomerates but the people. That the people, not developers, are the sovereign owners of natural riches of a country. And that a business must be subjected to the wishes of the community, must be allowed to flourish but not for the sake of its own but for the sake of the owners: the people.
In his last letter to Canadians Jack Layton summarized it all very clearly. It needs not to be explained. It is an essence of his political, but most importantly, philosophical set of believes and values:
And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world.
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.
Au revoir, Jack. You have made us all better; You have made us optimistic again, believing again. You made us passionate. You made a change. And it matters.