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.”