Wednesday, July 27, 2011
When Jack Layton announced earlier this week that he was stepping back from political life for a while there was a collective gasp across this country. You didn't have to vote for him to like feisty Jack and it seems as though just everybody admires the guy, myself included.
Even though he has been beset by another form of cancer Layton talks with the same determination as ever, speaking of hope and optimism for himself and for the country he serves as leader of the opposition party. I don't know what Jack Layton's faith may or may not be, but how can you argue with hope and the desire to help others.
Layton did mention the inspiration he receives from his late father, Robert or Bob, also a politician. On a CBC radio phone-in yesterday a man called to say that he knew the family well and that he had baby sat Jack as a boy. Bob had such a profound influence on this man and four of his friends that they all five are now clergy. I would love to know the story behind this, and how the faith of his parents has shaped Jack Layton.
What was your reaction to the news about Layton's cancer?