“Saturday marks the 4th anniversary of the passing of my friend and our late leader Jack Layton.
We all know Jack loved campaigning, and I know he would be thrilled with the energy and momentum NDP campaigns are building right across this country. There is still a lot of work to do to complete the dream of Tommy Douglas and Jack Layton in forming an NDP led government that will build a Canada where no one is left behind.
I need your help to carry on that work.
So on Saturday I am inviting you to join me at my campaign headquarters to be part of our “Do It For Jack” door-to-door canvass in London-Fanshawe!
Groups will be gathering at 10am and again at 1:30pm to head out and deliver flyers to constituents in London-Fanshawe.
Please join me in honouring Jack the way he would want us to, with genuine grassroots outreach to the people in our community.
If you can join us, please RSVP at: http://irenemathyssen.ndp.ca/do-it-for-jack
As Jack would’ve said, we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get to work, because we can’t stop until we get the job done!”:
Remember love, hope, optimism, and canvas for Jack now. Vote NDP!
Jack Layton:Art in Action, http://rememberingjacklayton.ca/jack-layton-art-in-action/.
For Jack Layton, d. August 22, 2011
Now it feels significant to let Jack free to dance
or rest in peace, after such a monumental fight.
Somehow I feel he has won the war; I feel him
triumphant. As for the NDP, I have a vision of
not one leader rising to replace him, but a collective
of MPs riding the national swell of love for Jack…
Now Canadians in experiencing such devastating loss
will recognize his value and the values of his party.
At last. This may be his greatest gift to us. The time
has come not for another charismatic leader to see us
through but for the collective tribe to work in unity for
The Last Line is Yours
I dream Jack Layton is sitting up in bed
joyously celebrating his win, beaming,
radiant: his indomitable optimism seeing
him through cancer and out the other side.
I know the game’s over. He understands
what we won’t till we too join him across
that last finishing line. Wherever you are,
Jack, we love you. Thank you for all you
won for us now that you are one with all.
His last line? “And we’ll change the world.”
Up and At ‘Em,
Who is always hip!
Hip enough to lean left,
very left of centre and
perfectly well balanced.
Hip enough to call down
injustice when he sees it.
Hip enough to calm down
doubt and call out for all
those whose voices are
silenced in the Harper din
minority. Hip enough to
know exactly when the next
election is called for.
Hip to the latest outrage
fraud too easily lent.
Hip enough to lead
opposition into power:
Our next Prime Minister
surely. In confidence.
When a hip poem is called for,
a hip poem responds,
comes out swinging.
Hip, Hip, Hooray!
March 6, 2011
Goodbye, dear Jack…
And a ditty Jack wd have liked:
Among Today’s Dead and Sorely Missed
So there’s Jack, standing at the gates with Jerry
Leiber, who co-wrote ‘Hound Dog,’ ‘Stand By Me,’
and ‘Jailhouse Rock’. Sure hope Jack managed
to smuggle up his guitar. Wonder which song
he’s singing first. A duet I wish we could hear.
By this irreverent ditty, Jack would be chuffed.
August 22 2011
Jack Layton: Art in Action is available from Quattro Books, http://quattrobooks.ca/books/jack-layton-art-in-action/. $25.