"Let us not look behind us, let's look forward, look at what we can accomplish together to make sure Jack's voice is not silenced" Olivia ChowIn today's world of sound bites and talking points, we rarely hear any great political speeches.
But yesterday, Stephen Lewis delivered one of the most impassioned speeches that I've heard in a very long time.
Never in our collective lifetime have we seen such an outpouring, so much emotional intensity, from every corner of this country. There have been occasions, historically, when we've seen respect and admiration but never so much love, never such a shocked sense of personal loss.He was so right.
Jack was so alive, so much fun, so engaged in daily life with so much gusto, so unpretentious, that it was hard while he lived to focus on how incredibly important that was to us, he was to us. Until he was so suddenly gone, cruelly gone, at the pinnacle of his career.
I never liked Jack Layton in the House. He always looked so stiff and was often nasty. But away from that environment, he lit up. Much better at dealing with people than politicians.
But as inspiring as Lewis was, the best speech was left undelivered. Jack Layton's letter and his final words.
"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."As many of you know, I was angry with Jack, but only becasue of his political choices, and I'm sure he was not without his own regrets.
I'm so over that now and more determined than ever to fight the neoconservative/Religious Right disease.
Thank you Mr. Layton. You will be missed.