Thursday, August 23, 2012
Remembering Jack Layton: One Year Later
I was sorry I couldn't make it to this tribute to Jack Layton.
And that I didn't get a chance to scrawl a message on that huge wall at City Hall as I did a year ago.
But I was happy to see that somebody wrote what I probably would have written:
For I can never forget how sad I was the day Jack died.
Or how these last words moved me:
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.
Or what came next...
And how out of tragedy came HOPE...
Even in a place like Harperland, where so much is so old and so tired. Anger and despair rule. Cynicism strangles idealism. And hope goes to die.
For how could I not love an optimistic message like that one in these dark and grubby times? When I live for hope, and the dream of a better world. How could I thank him enough for reaching out to young people, and making Quebecers believe in Canada again?
How could I ever thank him for making me even more determined to help defeat the Cons? I don't think it's possible. Especially after reading this.
I mean are they even human?
But then Jack probably would have forgiven them. Because he was too nice for what this country has become.
Or at least that's what I told him when I visited his grave in this old cemetery...
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I have to admit that when I stood there, alone in that garden of sorrow, staring at the bronze bust Olivia Chow made for him, once again I found it hard to believe that he's really gone.
But hopefully that message, carved into that granite monument, will live on, and inspire others like the person who wrote this message on the Toronto wall today:
Je suis la relève Jack. I am the legacy.
The Cons will be smashed.
And just like we did the first time, we will remember....
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