I despised his politics, but I admired his tenacity. And I was quite sad to hear of his passing this morning. From his final letter to Canadians:
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.
Unfortunately, some NDPers couldn’t pass up the opportunity to voice their true nature. How they “honor” Layton’s memory:
Love is better than anger
And what memorial to Mr Layton would be complete without some fear mongering:
Hope is better than fear
Plus l’amour des partisans de Jack Layton: Au juste, pourquoi ce n’est pas STEPHEN HARPER, a la place de Jack Layton
This person – @risquelibrarian – has it backwards: Somewhere in the bowels of parliament, Harper is rubbing his hands and cackling with glee. It’s her peers who are fantasizing how happy they would have been if only our PM had died instead.
And with that I’m done posting any more sneers from socialist simpletons. Rest in peace anyway, Mr Layton — in spite of the sort of followers you’ve inspired.
UPDATE: Christie Blatchford provides a more balanced perspective (to the media fawning and disturbed supporters):
The PM in fact was one of a very few voices of reason to be found on the airwaves — he remembered Mr. Layton kindly and with evident regard, but he had perspective and did not fawn.
And what to make of that astonishing letter, widely hailed as Mr. Layton’s magnificent from-the-grave cri de coeur?
It was extraordinary, though it is not Mr. Solomon’s repeated use of that word that makes it so.
Rather, it’s remarkable because it shows what a canny, relentless, thoroughly ambitious fellow Mr. Layton was. Even on Saturday, two days before he died, he managed to keep a gimlet eye on all the campaigns to come.
The letter is full of such sophistry as “We can restore our good name in the world,” as though it is a given Canada has somehow lost that, bumper-sticker slogans of the “love is better than anger” ilk and ruthlessly partisan politicking (“You decided that the way to replace Canada’s Conservative federal government with something better was by working together with progressive-minded Canadians across the country,” he said in the section meant for Quebecers).
The letter is vainglorious too.
Who thinks to leave a 1,000-word missive meant for public consumption and released by his family and the party mid-day, happily just as Mr. Solomon and his fellows were in danger of running out of pap? Who seriously writes of himself, “All my life I have worked to make things better”?
The letter was first presented as Mr. Layton’s last message to Canadians, as something written by him on his deathbed; only later was it more fully described as having been “crafted” with party president Brian Topp, Mr. Layton’s chief of staff Anne McGrath and his wife and fellow NDP MP Olivia Chow.
Mr. Layton wrote it, as Mr. Topp told Mr. Solomon, “in his beautiful, energy-retrofitted house” in downtown Toronto. These people never stop.
Final UPDATE (then I’m done with this and movin’ on):
Apparently my Retweet of another’s tweet — see here: http://twitter.com/#!/mooseandskwerl/status/106103940847898624 is the equivalent of “rejoicing in someone’s death” — see here: http://twitter.com/#!/balthcat/status/106127213627326464