Cana­di­ans in­vited to Re­mem­ber the First An­niver­sary of Jack Lay­ton’s Pass­ing

Ac­tiv­i­ties will be held across the coun­try on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 22

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

On Au­gust 22, 2012, Cana­di­ans from coast to coast to coast will mark the first an­niver­sary of Jack Lay­ton’s pass­ing fol­low­ing his fight with can­cer. The Eastern Town­ships’ MPs, Jean Rousseau (Compton-Stanstead), Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sher­brooke) and Pierre Ja­cob (Brome-Mis­sisquoi) in­vite con­stituents to keep the for­mer NDP leader’s legacy alive by par­tic­i­pat­ing in one of a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties to be held across the coun­try, and to pay homage to Jack on the web­site dear­jack.ca.

Be­fore he left us, Jack shared some wise words with his fel­low Cana­di­ans: “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.” In or­der to per­pet­u­ate this mes­sage, many ac­tiv­i­ties have been or­ga­nized across Canada on Au­gust 22nd. The largest gath­er­ing will be held in Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, start­ing at 6 pm. In ad­di­tion to this event in Toronto, there will be a gath­er­ing in Sher­brooke at the Si­boire, a mi­cro-brew­ery lo­cated on Dépôt Street.

With the help of Jack’s fam­ily and friends, the Broad­bent In­sti­tute has launched the Dear Jack cam­paign, dur­ing which cit­i­zens will be in­vited to leave a mes­sage on the dear­jack.ca web­site. This will al­low Cana­di­ans to ex­press how Jack Lay­ton has in­spired them to make Canada a bet­ter place to live.

“Jack has in­spired so many of his fel­low cit­i­zens, re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal al­le­giance. We warmly in­vite the peo­ple of the Eastern Town­ships to cel­e­brate his legacy by join­ing us this Wed­nes­day at 6 pm,” con­clude the MPs.

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