Update: See Jack Layton’s last letter to Canadians and an Ottawa Citizen article regarding the Peace Tower flag being flown at half staff. (H/T Jack’s Newswatch, NewsWatchCanada and National Newswatch.)
Original Post: As we all know now, the Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the NDP and Canada’s Official Opposition, died early this morning. My sincere condolences to his wife Olivia, his children, his staff, his caucus and all Canadians. If ever anyone could beat cancer, it was Jack as he had done so once already. So, although his passing was not a surprise, it was the kind of news none of us wanted to hear, no matter what our politics. His vibrant spirit, and what some refer to as the “champion of positive politics,” will most certainly be his legacy.