Jack Layton Will Be Missed
August 23, 2011 | ~1 min read time.
Jack Layton.It feels a little weird with so many thoughts being devoted to what's going on in Canada right now when I'm not in Canada, but my physical location doesn't change the fact that I am Canadian. The news that Jack Layton had died yesterday (Monday, August 22, 2011) morning caused a little numbness.

I've never been a huge fan of the NDP (New Democrat Party). I have Libertarian leanings and the NDP was always far too much in favour of what would be in serious danger of gross overspending. That said, Jack Layton was an incredibly inspiring man. With him at the head of the NDP and as the leader of the House Opposition, you felt reasonably good about Stephen Harper (current Canadian Prime Minister) having a much needed check and balance.

He certainly will be missed as a voice of reason, and inspiring speaker, and one of the few great politicians of any decade in Canadian history.