Layton will be second only to Tommy Douglas himself

Many political strategists will judge Jack Layton’s achievements by the number of seats he won for his party over the years, but behind those electoral victories was a leader who remained steadfastly committed to his principles above all.

I met Jack Layton shortly after his arrival in Ottawa as leader of the NDP, and watched him in the years that followed as he became a good friend of the peace movement.

He spoke up for diplomatic efforts and dialogue with insurgents to end the war in Afghanistan, years before it became a fashionable position. At the time, he was derided by his critics, taunted and called names by Conservative Party members, and even had his patriotism questioned.

But today, Layton’s vision is shared widely in capitals around the world as the only workable solution in that strife-torn region.

There are many other stories like this where Jack endured shameful attacks from his political opponents while he stood by his principles.

I am certain that Jack Layton will be remembered as second only to Tommy Douglas himself: one of Canada’s greatest Canadians.

Steven Staples

This letter appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, the Calgary Herald, the Vancouver Sun, the Charlottetown Guardian, The Comox Valley Echo, the Daily Courier (Vernon), and others.

Read More

Comments are closed.




A shift to sustainable peace and common security

Eleven leading civil society organizations today publicly launched their submission to the Defence Policy Review, entitled “A Shift to Sustainable Peace and Common Security.” All members of Parliament and the Press Gallery received copies. The launch also featured an Op Ed  in the Toronto Star entitled Why UN Peacekeeping is worth the risks (Peggy Mason, […]

Read More
View the Blog »

UN Common Security Principles should guide PM’s dealings with Trump

This comment by Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason first appeared in the Open Canada online forum, Seven Foreign Policy Wishes ...

“This Remembrance Day I’ll wear two poppies: one red and one white”

First posted on Ceasefire.ca on 11 November 2014, we are grateful to share this insightful commentary again this year.  Note ...