I usually don't agree very often with larry, but I think he has a point. It maybe why some on the left are more angry than sad. I don't think one of my friends on the right wanted Jack to die, but I have seen tweets wishing HM PM Harper would have died instead. I hope this is just grief talking, but I fear that it is more than that. I know Jack would have been disgusted by such sentiments.
Layton’s death a devastating blow to the left
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 2:00AM EDT
Jack Layton was the left’s great hope. The great hope is gone and the timing for the country’s social democrats could hardly be worse.
For a country channelling swiftly in a Conservative direction, Mr. Layton’s was the one big voice on the other side that was heard, that was respected, that had the potential of slowing and maybe even reversing the tide.
Jack Layton was the little guy’s politician, a rock-hard champion of the underdog and social justice. He was to the New Democratic Party what Jean Chrétien, particularly in his earlier incarnation, was to the Liberal Party. The departure of Mr. Chrétien left the Liberals without an anchor, and the passing of Mr. Layton could well do the same to the NDP.