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Jack Layton, Canadian Leader of the Opposition, Dead at 61

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:10 AM
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On May 2, 2011, Jack Layton led the New Democratic Party to an unprecedented 103 seats in Parliament and became the first NDP Leader of the Opposition. Readers of the posts I link to below may note that many of them are critical of Jack; that's because the NDP was the natural home of the environmentalist treehugger type, but it was never quite green enough as Jack balanced the party's union base with its left-wing academic tendencies. It is a tough job, and Jack succeeded. He had been fighting prostate cancer for a number of years and during the election seemed to have been in pretty good shape, but on July 25 took a "temporary leave of absence" to fight a new, unspecified cancer. He died from it this morning. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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