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Canada mourns loss of gay-friendly opposition leader

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  1. My deepest sympathy to Jack’s family, loved ones and friends.

    He was a tremendous presence in Canadian politics, and it is tragic that he was struck down so suddenly by cancer at the very apex of his career, Official Head of the Opposition.

  2. very sorry to hear this. He was one of Canada’s finest.

  3. Not The Rt. Hon. Wiki: “Individuals who hold, or have held, the following offices are awarded the style The Right Honourable for life:
    the Governor General of Canada
    the Prime Minister of Canada
    the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada” (Layton was not one of the rare exceptions. He was “The Honourable”, however.)
    His Co-Deputy Leader of the NDP, Libby Davies, MP, is a member of the LGBT community.

    1. David Myers 25 Aug 2011, 11:01pm

      Not yet the Rt. Hon., but that is a planned tribute to be added soon (there is one precident – Former Progressive-Conservative opposition leader, Robert Stanfield (but never Prime Minister) . He also has been given the honor of a federal state funeral and at this moment his coffin is laying “in state” in front of the Parliament building. He was a tremendously caring and optimistic leader. He will sorely be missed. He attended the Vancouver Gay Pride Parade (as well as others across the country) nearly every year since he became NDP leader – up until this year’s parade, when he was to ill to attend.

  4. As a proud Canadain, this is sad news. We have lost one of our Honourable Canadians who was on the side of gay people. I had the gift of being able to support him in politics. He was a good man who cared for Canada and all her people.

    Good wishes and blessings for the family and those he left behind.

  5. Respect to Mr Layton. A little bit behind but thanks to LibDems for promising us marriage in this country by 2015.

  6. Thought you’d be interested to know that the funeral service in Roy Thomson Hall is being conducted by the Rev. Brent Hawkes, pastor of Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto. Mr Layton was a fervent supporter of Toronto’s (and Canada’s) GLBT community, and overall a great man. He’ll be missed.

  7. Very sad news indeed. Sympathy to all progressive Canadians.

  8. Jock S. Trap 25 Aug 2011, 8:36am

    Truely a sad day for all.

    My heart goes out to his family and friends of which he had many. Some he knew, alot he didn’t.

  9. My thoughts are with his family. what a hero – he won’t be forgotten.

  10. More on Jack Layton here, including his last message to Canadians:

    http://www.ndp.ca/jacklayton

  11. a great friend

  12. Canadian Gay Activist 26 Aug 2011, 7:09am

    He will NOT be missed – he refused to repeal section 159 of the Canadian Criminal Code while he was in power when his Government introduced the violent crime bill 6 years ago.

    That anal sex law is outdated, vicious, shameful and hafeful to gay and bisexual men like me.

    I bet the contiuing excuse was “we forgot that was on the books” – well it has been on the books since 1969 when gay sex was legalised.

    1. you’re obviously NOT a “Canadian” anything…
      Jack Layton was never “in power”, his party was never “in power”, his party never introduced any “violent crime bill” at ANY time in Canadian history.

      Jack Layton’s party has never been in a position to repeal ANY law. His party, until a few months ago, was in 3rd place in Canadian parliament. Get your facts right before spewing such vile and hateful crap from that cesspool you call a mouth.

  13. Here is a tribute to Jack by Canada’s most popular Gay News Site:

    http://www.xtra.ca/public/National/Jack_Layton_19502011-10661.aspx

  14. Jack Layton changed the political landscape in Canada by being himself, he was charismatic a conscience of right and wrong and his honesty and integrity as a politician won him support across the country..

    From the beginning of his political career as a city councilor in Toronto, citizens and the LGBT community respected Jack for his principals, dedication to a cause and vision of our future. His respect for the rights of his fellow man was undeniable.

    He surprised no one who knew him the he was successful as a federal politician and election win this year. He was truly a gentleman and rare politician who people knew him as a listener, a person you could believe in support and count upon.

    His untimely passing has robbed us Canadians of a friend and mentor, leaving a political landscape baron of any one comparable or as capable. Jack Layton, your legacy to us over the decades is in the history books. You lived and let live with a vision open heart and and judged no one!
    RIP Jack!

  15. The pastor who presided over his funeral was Rev. Brent Hawkes of the MCC wjo is a leading gay rights activist and openly gay man himself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brent_Hawkes

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