Jack Layton shows class in his final letter

I’ve never been a fan of Jack Layton’s policies, but he seemed like a nice guy.

He wrote a letter in his dying days, which was published by the CBC today, just after his death was announced. There’s one paragraph in there that really caught my attention because of its selfless intent:

To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.

What a wonderful thing to say. Here’s a guy that only had a few days left to live and had nothing further to gain in this world by tickling people’s ears. So I have to believe that he was motivated by genuine charity towards other Canadian who are fighting with cancer.

Very beautiful and inspiring.

May his soul rest in peace.

See also: Reflections on Jack Layton’s Death

11 thoughts on “Jack Layton shows class in his final letter

  1. The thing is, in whom did he place his trust? I don’t believe that the media should be martyring him (and they are). I won’t but I won’t condemn him. I do ask again, in whom did he place his trust? When I heard him on the radio (I didn’t see him as of yet), my first thought was that he was a dead man as the cancer sounded like it had taken its toll. When I saw him, it confirmed it for me.

    I know of a Pastor in Prescott Ontario, a Pentecostal Pastor, his wife has cancer and they say she has days or hours left. Guess who they’re putting their trust in and they’ve asked for prayers.

  2. I was with Art Alexander before he died of cancer. He worked hard at doing good works, but he told no-one he was passing on, because he was prepared and did not want to worry anyone. His friends and family only were told three weeks before he left. He was so happy to be going home. He was an educator and the popular media did not give a rip when he passed away, but the people he mentored were there to pay their respects to one of their Christian teachers.

  3. I hope he had a change of heart before He met God.

    It’s too bad he didn’t show enough respect for the unborn as he showed class in the last moments of his life, though.

    The ProLife cause does need representation on the Left side of the political spectrum as it’s got virtually none right now.

  4. Jack Layton didn’t show any class. Turns out that he didn’t write this at all. It was done by the party president, chief of staff and Chow.

    What kind of letter states that they want to restore Canada’s good name in the world?

    Please. He was secular to the end. Let’s say he did write this letter. Do you see any change in his heart? The letter mentions keeping Turmel (who is an anti-Christian bigot, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual woman) as leader. How is that a change of heart if he wrote this just before he died?

    Does Layton even ask for prayer? Have you ever heard him say the words Jesus Christ or even God?

    Guys, stop following the media on this. This wasn’t classy, again this was a case of trying to gain the public’s sympathy.

    Layton lied to us. He had terminal cancer. He wouldn’t tell us that. The NDP now lie again after he has died. This wasn’t selfless, this was again, selfish because that’s what atheists do.

  5. I may sound mean here but I’m not, I’m just following what I saw and exactly what he said and has done. I prayed for him for a conversion of his heart but did not see any evidence of it. I don’t condemn him as I said as I am not the judge of the living and the dead. I know what sin is and what sin isn’t.

    I cannot praise a man who was anti-Christian, who wanted my rights removed so he could push his sinful agenda on the country. This is a man who kept Libby Davies at his side in the House and in the party after she made some pretty hateful anti-jewish comments. Guess what that says about him? This is a man who allowed Svend Robinson to run again for the party even though he stole jewellry on one of the holiest days of the year even, Good Friday. This is a man who wanted unfettered abortion in this country.

    Right now in the media, he is looked upon as a Saint. Right now the PM is giving him a State funeral, even though his position doesn’t merit it. If you state the truth about the man, you are vilified. We need to stand up for God even when its not popular to do it.

  6. Sean, your uncharitable comments say far more about you than they do about Jack Layton. What person doesn’t have people around them (friends, even) who haven’t “sinned”, as you say?

    I met with Jack several times. He was my MP. He knew that I worked for a Christian organization, yet, he was always charitable with his time and his personal resources.

    He may have held different views than you, but he was never judgemental.

  7. Lewig, I don’t condemn him but I can certainly judge what is sinful and what isn’t. If saying the truth is uncharitable, then that is your interpretation, no matter how false it is. I have sinned but I don’t promote it. Big difference. I won’t call being pro-abortion or pro-homosexual a different view because that minimalizes the murdering of innocent babies and forcing homosexual marriage on the country.

    So let me ask you Lewig, when Jack Layton was persecuting pro-life protestors by encouraging the police to arrest them, was he being judgmental or not??? When he calls people who believe in one man and one woman marriage homophobic, was that being judgmental????

    Please, don’t try to make what the man did into something it wasn’t.

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