NDP Leader Jack Layton announced Monday he’s is taking a temporary leave of absence to receive treatment for a new cancer. The Canadian Progressive World wishes Layton a speedy recovery.
Layton has not only been the public face of the federal New Democrats in the last eight years. His leadership has changed Canada’s political landscape.
Laytn led the NDP to its biggest electoral performance at the federal level in 50 years. The NDP won 103 seats nationally, making it Canada’s Official Opposition and government-in-waiting for the next four years. 58 of the seat came from Quebec, mostly from the separatist Bloc Quebecois.
In the process, Layton and the NDP gave Canada and federalists a priceless gift. The spectre of Quebec’s separation from Canada has haunted us since the Bloc stormed the political scene in 1993. It’s been every federalist party’s dream to woo Quebecers away from the Bloc and preserve Canada’ national unity. Without success.
Layton and the NDP did it!