Monday, August 22, 2011
RIP Jack Layton
Jack Layton, Canada's NDP leader, passed away this morning. You can read more about it here
I met Jack years ago, when I worked at Octopus Books, a small independent bookstore in Ottawa. Jack had written a book called Homelessness which I was helping to launch. We organized an event for about 200 people to hear Jack speak on the issue, and I remember having to turn people away. He was gentle and kind, and spent a few minutes talking with me about the politics around an independent bookstore in the age of Chapters and Amazon.
I'm hopeful that Canada will have another politician with Jack's charisma, but for now, today is for grieving the loss of a great Canadian leader. Rest in Peace Jack. You will be missed.