Canadians invited to Remember the First Anniversary of Jack Layton’s Passing
Activities will be held across the country on Wednesday August 22
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.