Jack Layton funeral shows the NDP leader's spark won't be extinguished for a very long time
Anyone who saw Jack Layton's funeral—either live or on television—had to came away with a higher regard for the man who led the federal NDP from 2003 to 2011.
I think my favourite line was when Rev. Brent Hawkes said: "If the Olympics can make us proud Canadians, maybe Jack's life can make us better Canadians."
Former Ontario NDP Leader Stephen Lewis also hit all the right notes, highlighting Layton's basic civility.
The closing performance of "Get Together" by Julie Michaels and the Metropolitan Community Church choir was a show-stopper. It left me wondering if Layton's death will energize average Canadians for many years to come and perhaps transform the political landscape.
Judging from the reaction of the audience, Jack's spark won't be extinguished for a very long time.