On Monday morning, as I am sure that all of you have already heard, The Honorable Jack Layton passed away after a progression of an undisclosed cancer.
While many have chosen that we should clutter our mind with discussions of who should be the next leader of the NDP and what of its future as The Official Opposition and some have questioned the very future of the Social Justice Movement, these topics will look after themselves in the due course of time.
For now we Canadians should reflect on the man that passed and his personal contribution to Canada and his career of public service. From his native Quebec where all simply call him Jack, Bon Jack, to Ryerson University where he taught Political Science, helped to shape young minds. His move into Municipal politics in Toronto where he fought for changes for the homeless, social planning, AIDS, he served on the Council and as Deputy Mayor before he moved into Federal politics and ultimately Leader of the NDP where his contribution speaks for itself.