He announced his stepping down as leader of NDP to fight cancer only two weeks ago.
He will be remembered, among other things, as the politician who led the NDP to become the official Opposition Party for the first time in Canadian history.
RIP Jack, leader of NDP and the "Orange Crush" !!!
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Love is better than anger 仁愛勝於憤怒,
Hope is better than fear 希望勝於恐懼,
Optimism is better than despair 樂觀勝於絕望,
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic 就讓我們用仁愛丶希望丶和樂觀,
And we’ll change the world. 去創做一個更美好的世界。
* Video capture of the wedding picture of Jack Layton and Olivia Chow in 1988. It was his second marriage. 鄒至蕙與傑克·林頓於1988年拍攝的結婚相片,這是林頓的第二段婚姻。
Brief bio of Jack Layton:
According to Wikipedia
傑克·林頓，全名：約翰·吉伯特·林頓（John Gilbert "Jack" Layton，1950年7月18日－2011年8月22日），加拿大政治人物，2003年至2011年間擔任聯邦新民主黨黨魁，並曾於2004年至2011年間任加拿大國會下議院議員，代表多倫多單福選區。在他的領導下，新民主黨所佔的國會下議院議席數目從2003年的14席增至2011年聯邦大選後的103席，為該黨歷來之最。新民主黨並憑此佳績首度成為官方反對黨，林頓亦兼任官方反對黨黨魁。在投身聯邦政壇之前，林頓曾任多倫多市議員，期間也曾間中擔當副市長和署理市長等職務。
John Gilbert "Jack" Layton, PC, MP (July 18, 1950 – August 22, 2011) was a Canadian social democratic politician and the Leader of the Official Opposition of the 41st Canadian Parliament. 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.
The son of a Progressive Conservative cabinet minister, Layton was raised in Hudson, Quebec. He rose to prominence in Toronto municipal politics where he was one of the most prominent left-wing voices on city and Metropolitan Toronto councils, and was also a Board member for the Toronto Port Authority. In 1991, he ran for mayor, but lost to June Rowlands. Remaining on council he rose to become head of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. In 2003, he was elected head of the NDP on the first ballot of the convention. Under his leadership, the NDP considerably increased their support, almost doubling the party's popular vote in the 2004 election, though vote splitting with the Liberals limited their gain in seats. Layton's NDP held balance of power in Paul Martin's minority government, where in May 2005 the NDP supported the Liberal budget in exchange for major amendments, in what was promoted as Canada's "First NDP budget". In November of that year, Layton worked with other opposition parties in bringing down the Liberal government over the findings of the Gomery Commission.
The NDP saw further gains in the 2006 and 2008 elections, in which the party won more seats than it had since its 1980s peak. The NDP's tally of 37 MPs under Layton in the 2008 election was just six seats short of the party's previous all-time high under Ed Broadbent. In the 2011 election, Layton led the NDP to a historic total of 103 seats and formed the Official Opposition. The success of the NDP in the election was unprecedented, making Layton the most successful leader electorally in the party's history in terms of seats won.
Layton died on August 22, 2011, aged 61, after suffering from prostate and an undisclosed type cancer. His cause of death has not been released. He was married to fellow MP Olivia Chow.