Remembering Jack Layton through videos

Orange is the NDP’s lead color

Some historians will be amused to recall, the colour of the Orangemen, who were “Canada’s storm troopers of the Tories” in the 19th and earlier 20th centuries.

In remembrance of Jack Layton, here is a collection of videos of the NDP leader taken over his career, including the “Hip Flip” with Nardwuar, a lunch with Rick Mercer, and his final press conference.

Jack Layton was a Canadian social democratic politician and the Leader of the Official Opposition. He was the leader of the New Democratic Party from 2003 to 2011, and previously sat on Toronto City Council, serving at times during that period as acting mayor and deputy mayor of Toronto. He was the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Toronto—Danforth from 2004 until his death. Read more … .

Jack Layton Final letter to ALL Canadians (1950-2011)

I like the last paragraph of his letter:

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 we’ll change the world.
All my very best,
Jack Layton

Two days before his passing, federal NDP leader Jack Layton wrote a letter addressing Canadians.

Read the full Text of Jack Layton’s letter to Canadians

Layton and the cats and mice

Jack Layton paraphrases Tommy Douglas‘s tale about mice voting for cats, at a rally in Saskatoon.

Tommy Douglas was also known for his retelling of the fable of “Mouseland”.

Check out my older post: The “Mouseland”- a political fable

Nardwuar vs. Jack Layton

Nardwuar polls NDP leader Jack Layton on the Hip Flip constituency.

Nardwuar is a Canadian celebrity interviewer and musician from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is the lead singer and keyboardist for The Evaporators and plays in Thee Goblins. Read more ….

Jack Layton leads a campaign sing-song

NDP leader Jack Layton sings Barrett’s Privateers with the press gallery chorus on the plane from Halifax to Ottawa on Saturday.

Jack Layton delivers the weather

It was his dream to, one day, deliver the weather forecast.

Jack Layton’s victory speech

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Jack Layton steps down to battle cancer

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NDP TV Ad: “Together, we can do this”

Jack Layton: Party For Sale or Rent

Jack Layton sings at the 2005 Gallery Dinner.

RMR: Rick and Jack Layton

Rick Mercer visits Jack for lunch at his eco-friendly home in Toronto.

Jack Layton Memorial At Vancouver Art Gallery: A Moving Tribute

Jack Layton was the leader of the New Democratic Party, Canada’s Official Opposition party. He died on August 22, 2011 from cancer. He was 61. A public memorial was held on the same day, at the Vancouver Art Gallery / Robson Square. The crowd gathered to remember a likeable politician, as paradoxical as it sounds.

An explanation about the orange pop for those not familiar with Canadian politics. The NDP is Canada’s left wing party, and as little as 10 years ago had little influence, with just over a dozen seats in parliament. Under Jack Layton’s leadership, it steadily gained ground until the 2011 elections, when the NDP stunned the nation by winning 103 seats and becoming the Official Opposition party. That election was dubbed the “Orange Crush”, with NDP’s official color being orange. Jack Layton died three months after that historical achievement by his party.

Music: Kevin MacLeod


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