Jack Layton 1950-2011
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Layton was a visionary politician who campaigned for progress and social democracy. In his career, he spearheaded campaigns to stop violence against women, provide a living wage, promote environmental sustainability, raise funding for HIV/Aids, and grant asylum to conscientious objectors to the Iraq war.
He is shown here at the victory rally in Toronto after the historic 2011 federal election in which Layton's NDP vaulted itself into official opposition for the fist time.
Just months later, he died of Cancer.
His final words were released after his death:
"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. And weâ€™ll change the world."
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