Not because he was some sort of “abstract figure”.
Not because he lived in a “beautiful energy retrofitted house” or rode a bicycle (tandem or not).
Not because he wrote a powerful and truthful letter, encouraging change and action and hope.
But because he wasn’t the typical politician who fought for power, glory, money, and advantages for himself and his circle.
Because he returned phone calls personally to the average citizen who needed to be heard, and who desperately wanted change.
Because he was an ordinary man, who truly cared for others just as ordinary as he was, but who didn’t have his position and his voice . . .
Jack Layton was indeed the great prime minister that we never had. May we not let the opportunity pass to do the good that he wanted.