August 3, 2011 @ 13:48
Like most people I was absolutely floored when I saw Jack Layton's news conference last week.
The image of this man literally having his body eaten by cancer was tough to look at, so we can only imagine what his friends and family are going through.
Talk about a time for reflection. As you know, I'm not a big fan of his politics but I sure as hell have always admired his conviction.
Say what you want about the guy, and I've said a lot, but he certainly has left his mark on Canadian politics and he's to be admired for his tenacity - and it's that tenacity that will help him beat cancer if it's at all possible.
And that's the problem. Jack seems to be in a worrisome state. When the weight is gone and the voice becomes raspy rarely are the prospects for recovery good.
When Jack stepped up to the podium last week he very much reminded me of Pat Burns when he was in the late stages of his noble battle with that son of a bitchin' disease.
I can't believe there will be a good ending to this story.
I've said it all before. I don't like Jack Layton's politics. I don't like his socialist views and I don't like his attitude towards the military. I think his fiscal policies stink and I'm not fooled by all the Quebecers who "parked" their votes in the last election.
But none of that has to do with Jack Layton the man. A man who has given himself to public life for the better part of 30 years and regardless of how misguided thought he could make a difference.
He deserves everyone's prayers - or if you're like me, and you're not into that stuff, he deserves good thoughts.