"Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematical of not being. And a subtle flavour. We're more like celery as a flavour."
"Mr. Layton grew into the job. He was comfortable in his own skin, and comfortable with the job. He loved politics, day and night, and threw his considerable passion and energy into it, for which he was much admired by colleagues."
"Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one -- a country of greater equality, justice and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures to our children. We can do our part to save the world's environment. We can restore our good name in the world."
"Conservative values are Canadian values. Canadian values are conservative values. They always were. And Canadians are going back to the part that most closely reflects who they really are: The Conservative Party, which is Canada's party."
"A majority of Canadians did not, never do, vote Conservative."
"Jack Layton would have been the first person to calculated the political consequences of his passing, and those consequences are profound. The most powerful voice championing a socially democratic future for Canada is stilled. The one person to meld, or at least paper over, the implacable contradictions within the NDP caucus is no longer there to listen, cajole and, when needed, knock heads. Every party opposing Stephen Harper's Conservative in the House of Commons is leaderless, affording him the kind of political space for action that few prime ministers, if any have enjoyed. Someday, from somewhere, a voice will rise to challenge the Conservative hegemony. It could have been Jack Layton, but now it must be someone else."
Your musical accompaniment for the day: Canadiana Suite, Oscar Peterson. Thank you Jack.