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View Diary: Jack Layton, Canadian extraordinaire has died at 61 (99 comments)

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    craigbear

    I'm a Canadian who's been living in the US for the last three years.  But I've been a card-carrying NDPer since 1988, and I was so thrilled when we came second in May.  (Made up a bit for the horror of seeing Harpo finally get a majority.  But I digress.)

    I met Jack at a couple of Federation of Canadian Municipalities meetings when he was still on Toronto city council and I was on Yellowknife city council.  Absolutely great guy, incredibly smart, and really really cared about people.  Not just rich people, not just well-connected people, not just the people funding his campaigns, but ALL people.

    Losing one of those kind of politicians when idiots like Harper or the current GOP class of 2012 are still running around is like a slap in the face.

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