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  • Herb Morrison
    September 17, 2011 - 12:18

    I didn't know Jack Layton personally. However, Jack Layton the politician was rthe type of person who didn't think himself a "cut above" the ordinary folk who elected him to represent their interests in the House of Commons. He had the "common tocyh which enabled the ordinary person to relate to him as an equal. Sadly, this quality is lacking in many who seek elected office nowadays. Both the spending scandal in this province, and the so-called sponsorsship scandal at the Federal Level, serve as sobering reminders that too often power does corrupt.. To those who would criticize him I respond that Jack Layton was a candidate for elected public office, to a candidate for sainthood, nor did he appear to see himself as such. It would seem that some people have not learned from the examples of political corruption I cited earlier that recognizing people's gifts is one thing but making gods out of people can only lead to disillusionment. Canada has lost a man of the people and we will be worse off for it.

  • Bizarre
    September 17, 2011 - 10:50

    I found the memorial services to be over the top. It was like people were trying to make Layton out to be something more in death than he was in life.

  • Bob Kieley
    September 17, 2011 - 10:06

    Pam, I was familiar with Ms. Blatchford's columns thirty years ago when she was writing for The Toronto Star. She was a rebel without a cause and the proverbial loose cannon on the deck. Apparently she's no better under a different employer. Mr. Layton was that rare honest-to-god politian who's never ending goals were the betterment of the Joe Lunchbuckets of this world. You did us a service with a superb rebuttal of Ms. Blatchford's mischevious nonsense and at the same time acclaiming the virtues of Canada's "Jack". Thank you.