Member of Parliament for B.C.'s Southern Interior Alex Atamanenko reflects on the loss of Federal NDP leader Jack Layton

Member of Parliament for B.C.'s Southern Interior Alex Atamanenko reflects on the loss of Federal NDP leader Jack Layton

Farewell to an extraordinary man

Member of Parliament for B.C.’s Southern Interior Alex Atamanenko took a few moments to reflect on the passing of Jack Layton, leader of the federal New Democrats.

  • Aug. 23, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Member of Parliament for B.C.’s Southern Interior Alex Atamanenko took a few moments to reflect on the passing of Jack Layton, leader of the federal New Democrats.

The loss of Jack is not only a loss for the party, but a personal one for me.  Jack made you feel like he was truly interested in you as a person.  He brought people together.  Jack could bring together all these crazy MP’s as a team.  He was a caring and compassionate individual who loved life and was a good leader.”

“I feel he would have been a tremendous leader for our country.  We have lost a statesman.  He was dedicated to social justice while maintaining a sense of humour and a really positive outlook on life.”

“I firmly believe the loss of Jack Layton is a loss for our country.  He unified our party and brought the people of Quebec on board…that’s how likeable Jack was.  People respected him.  He reinforced our vision as a party and will be missed immensely by our party, those who knew and loved him and by his supporters.”

 

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