I don't think I have many Canadian LJ friends so most of you might not know who he is...bur at 4:45 this morning, Canada lost what I believe was the best politician we had, certainly now, possibly ever.
Canadian politics are different from American. The short version is there are 3 parties, not 2, and you don't vote for an individual to run the country, you vote for a party. That party leader becomes in charge. Currently our prime minister is some guy I can't stand. The second closest was this guy - Jack Layton. His party used to almost be a joke. They are so liberal, they make the liberals look not liberal, haha. But this guy was so great, he worked his ass off for years and finally they were respected. He got them so close and when they finally take power-which they WILL, he won't get to see it. He worked SO hard. Devastating.
But far worse than that is we lost a wonderful person. This man was one of a kind. I'd met him a handful of times and had 100% of his attention when we spoke. Personal emails thanking me. I don't ever recall a deliberate lie out of his mouth (rare for politicians IMO.) Never personally attacked an oponent even if they did it to him. Such a genuinely kind, caring, wonderful person. I cried when I found out. I still have another hour at work. Trying not to cry NOW.
Thank you for the hope. Be at peace.
We'll miss you. And you are loved.
Steph....and most of Canada. If not all.
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