Jack Layton's final words from his deathbed

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 9th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2s1paupb/
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This article is dedicated to the late great Canadian politician, Jack Layton.

Introduction

Cancer affects everyone even the greatest politicians of this world. Colon cancer is a disease that affects many Canadians each year. In 2011, over 25,000 men had developed prostate cancer. Close to 5,000 men have died have died from this form of cancer. The good news is that this cancer can be beat.

There is roughly a 96 percent survival rate after 5 years from the time of diagnosis. Canadians including Montrealers over the age of 50 should go to the hospital for a colonoscopy at least every five years to protect themselves against this disease.

Jack Layton Leaves us way to soon

Jack Layton leaves us way too soon

Jack, we all love you in Quebec you were a rare breed, a politician with a true heart. Even if some Canadians did not agree with his politics, they all loved Jack, the man. In Quebec we have an expression, "cet un bon Jack," it means in English, he is a good guy, and Jack really was a good guy.

The man lived his life according to his beliefs. In the election debates of 2011, Jack Layton pointed out to the Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, how he had the poorest attendance record of all the members of parliament, yet he was running for the position of Prime Minister of Canada. Jack pointed out that ordinary Canadians who do not go to work, do not get promotions.

This statement was not an attack, this was a conviction for Jack Layton. Jack Layton had prostate cancer yet after his treatment he returned to work. When asked was he really able to take on this feat at this time, he responded, Canadians have serious illnesses and have to return to work all the time, why should I be any difference?

Jack Layton's message from his death bed

Jack Layton is a role model for healthy and sick people everywhere

Jack Layton returned to politics and lead his party to victory. For the first time in Canadian history the New Democratic Party reached the status of Royal Opposition Party. Jack had aspirations of being the prime minister of Canada but sadly that was not meant to be. Jack Layton developed a new undisclosed cancer and that cancer took his life.

Canadians everywhere were shocked. People were crying in the streets and have been crying ever since. People came in droves to his see his funeral procession. It is the first time in history that a politician who was not the Prime Minister of Canada received a state funeral. Now Canadians are watching his funeral service. He will live forever in the hearts of Canadians.

Jack left us with a few words, I would like to share them with you at this time.

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

This was Jack Layton's last letter, written to Canadians on his death bed.



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Colin Cancer, Death Bed Legacies, Elections, Great Politicians, Jack Layton, Jack Laytons Death, Michael Ignatieff, Politicians, Prostrate Cancer

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
9th Aug 2015 (#)

He will be missed!

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
9th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you for sharing this story of the late Jack Layton. People will be wise to heed his last words before he left us for his reward in the afterlife.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Aug 2015 (#)

Beautiful uplifting message for the living to carry on his work - siva

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