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Thinking Of Jack

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.

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13 Responses to "Thinking Of Jack"

August 3, 2011 / 14:18


Michael Mangov
August 3, 2011 / 16:34

Well put Fred.

Andrew Price
August 3, 2011 / 16:34

You're a good man, Freddie! A true gentleman can set aside his differences with one he disagrees with in times moral and medical stress. Even I am pulling for Jack Layton...

August 3, 2011 / 20:54

The poor guy. He does look really bad. It's kind of a shock because Layton is one of those people that you look at and think of as healthy and energetic. He's always been a fighter but I think he's going to lose this one. Very sad.

Mike from Lowville
August 4, 2011 / 09:57

I felt the same as you Fred.(not the politics part) The look and his voice. I've seen it all too many times before. Pat Burns all over again. I hope for the best but, it doesn't look good. :^( Cancer sucks.

August 4, 2011 / 10:22

Sincerely, get well Jack. We want to see the old Jack back - the one in the old photo...

August 4, 2011 / 11:46

I was also thinking "Pat Burns" when I saw Jack at his news conference.
Hope for a better ending. Not an NDP fan, but always enjoyed Jack. He was always there.
Get well, friend! and thanks for allowing us to express ourselves, Fred. Love yer blog site. Feel like I've known you my whole life.


August 4, 2011 / 15:14

It's hard to believe! He looked thin while campaigning but only two months later he looks like this? I'm hoping Layton gives his affliction a good verbal put-down, just like the one he nailed Ignatieff with during the debates...

August 4, 2011 / 19:50

I've never liked him but how could you not feel sorry for the lefty bastard?

My heart goes out to him and his family.

August 4, 2011 / 21:51


just Some Guy
August 4, 2011 / 22:50

And herein lies the difference between Canadian and US politics. Here, we can separate the person from the politics. in the US they're fighting an out and out civil war by demonizing their political enemies.

August 5, 2011 / 22:07

Geo Bush has bankrupted American except for his oil pals.

August 6, 2011 / 07:33

Way to go Anonymous, you've managed in one short sentence to completely ruin a truly Canadian sentiment. Having sympathy and pity for someone you disagree with when they are in dire straights.
You truly are one ignorant SOB.

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