It was with great regret that I learned today of the passing of the Hon. Jack Layton, MP, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, and leader of Canada's official opposition.
The fall of a great champion is always due a poignant sadness. Jack was indeed a great champion, and a fierce and feisty competitor always to be reckoned with. Succumbing to a major illness so soon after waging a vigourous national election with such dramatic success now brings that battle into focus in an even more gallant, heroic and Herculean light. Well done, Jack, for this and, indeed, for your many contributions throughout your life.
On my own behalf and on behalf of our membership, I offer my condolences to Jack's family, friends and followers. The rich tapestry of Canadian political discourse is diminished today. Jack has left big shoes to fill and his passing is a loss to all Canadians.
Ron McKinnon, President, Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam Federal Liberal Association