A political powerhouse has died.
Just weeks after announcing his second battle with cancer in recent years, NDP leader Jack Layton died at the age of 61.
When the news came down it was a shock, for many media outlets have been reporting his intentions to attend the NDP conventions later this fall. Watching his last press conference where he announced his intentions to step down while he battled his health problems I will admit I did not think he looked in great health, but if Layton proved anything during his political career it was that he is a fighter, that he could tackle the big hurdles. I thought this would be one of those examples.
While I might not agree fully with his political views, Layton was by far my favourite of the leaders because of his genuine, giving attitude. When Layton spoke, I could feel how deeply he felt for the issues. He fought for what he felt was right not for political gain, but because he truly cared about the welfare of Canadians as a whole.
He has put in a hard battle on the political field having helped the federal NDP party ride from a mere 13 seats when he became leader to more than 100 following the last federal election. That is an accomplishment to be honoured, and to be remembered for Layton.
I will remember Layton as a politician who stood up for me, who stood up for all of us and did what was right, not what was popular.