Remembering Jack Layton at Nathan Phillips Square

I have been pretty quiet about the passing of Jack Layton. I hesitated to acknowledge his death publicly because I disagreed with him, and his NDP colleagues, on so many things it seemed disingenuous to suddenly gush about him simply because he had died. Then I saw this photo.

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Taken by Jackman Chiu yesterday, the image captures a fleeting moment in Canadian political history that I doubt will ever be repeated. Indeed, the chalk remembrances created in Nathan Phillips Square were washed clean just hours later by a powerful storm.

Jack Layton was the most remarkable politician this country has seen in decades. Remarkable not for his ideas or policies or electoral successes but for his ability to say “Follow me” and elicit a response like this. I can think of only one other politician who so deftly seduced Canadians with equal amounts of charm and tenacity. It will be interesting to see now if their sons can follow their fathers into the hearts of Canadians.

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4 Responses to “Remembering Jack Layton at Nathan Phillips Square”

  1. Candy Campbell says:


  2. kristine says:

    What a great photo–thanks for posting it. I had heard about the chalk thing, but wow. Jack Layton really did connect with people.

  3. jamie says:

    it’s really disappointing that there aren’t more leaders like this in Canada.. if there were we would live in a much more politically engaged country.

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