Photo: Jack revealed link between social justice and environmental protection


Dr. David Suzuki and all members of staff at The David Suzuki Foundation are shocked and deeply saddened by news of the death of Jack Layton.

As a Toronto City and Metro Toronto Councillor (1982-2003), President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (2001) and, since 2003, leader of the federal New Democratic Party, Jack united Canadians — of all regions and persuasions — around the simple truth that environmental protection and social justice are inseparable.

His campaigning and courage in addressing this truth, despite concerted political resistance, helped advance our understanding of climate change, and other major threats to the environment.

This understanding also contributed to the resurgence of the NDP across the country, including an unprecedented break-through in Quebec during the May federal election, and its success in forming the Official Opposition.

Jack Layton's contributions to the environmental and social justice movements will be sorely missed.

We offer our deepest condolences to Olivia Chow, Jack's wife and MP for Trinity-Spadina, and to Sarah and Mike (a Toronto City Councillor), his children.

August 22, 2011

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Apr 14, 2012
6:08 AM

The subject of social Health linked with Environmental Protection is definitely not new…I remember having these very discussions in the 60's with University professors and even senior Provincial/Federal civil servants who were working in the enivironmental fields….I know this because I was once one of those working in the environmental protection/planning fields until Mike Harris(Ontario Progressive Conservative Party(96-2002) kicked the environmental planning programs for both MNR/MOE due to our perceived hindrance to economic growth…the late Jack Layton was obviously a visionary to have identfied and understood the distinctive link between social health/environmental law….just look at any 3rd world country be it Africa or Asia if u wish to see examples….its a no brainer..The environmental degradation I see happening across Canada at times makes me damn ashamed to be called Canadian..RIP Jack.

Nov 25, 2011
4:48 PM

I really miss Jack terribly. Of course social justice and environmental protection are linked. It’s a terrible injustice to future generations to continue damaging the environment for trivial short term profits at their expense. In fact it’s immoral for those with a thirst for excess material wealth to destroy the health of the environment at the expense of those depending on it both as a source of spiritual strength and for physical survival.

Aug 23, 2011
7:07 PM

Only the good die young, Jack you will be missed a lot, it’s a very sad day for Canadians and God bless your family.

Aug 23, 2011
4:46 PM

Jack you will be missed, i hated politics till i heard Jack’s speeches and i was sold on what he was trying to bring forward to Ontario and Canada ie…the World, and to me he had the perfect vision for his people and his Country. Very well done Jack I will always Love and Miss you Jack and this is Coming from a very proud Black Father and Canadian Citizen……We lost a Good son. R.I.P…JACK LAYTON gone but i will never forget you Job well DONE……Bless the Layton Family.

Aug 23, 2011
1:37 PM

Rest in peace Jack Layton. I will miss hearing your name in the news and your environmental efforts will be sorely missed; hopefully there’s somebody to pick up your torch out there. Goodbye good sir.

Aug 23, 2011
8:02 AM

I remember Jack Layton way back when, at least 25 years ago when I was working in Toronto. He always had a “plan” and was well-focused on all the needs of the people in Toronto. He applied such fervor and passion in his quest to better the lives of others.

Rest in peace dear, kind, gentle man.

My thoughts are with Mr. Layton’s family.

Aug 23, 2011
7:46 AM

Jack Layton was a man I deeply admired and respected as a politician and I do not say that about most politicians. He came across as an honest man who believed in the issues he represented. I have no idea where they will find another such as he. It is a sad loss for Canada.

Aug 22, 2011
7:58 PM

It is just unbelievable to me that he is not with us anymore.

Aug 22, 2011
6:31 PM

i never voted ndp but he will be missed all the best to his family

Aug 22, 2011
4:40 PM

a great man, with many great visions for this country. never a sell out to the americans who continue to take whatever they want from our country. Rest in Peace Jack — you will be sorely missed.

Aug 22, 2011

Aug 22, 2011
4:25 PM

Thanks Jack for all of your amazing contributions to your community, country, and world. Moving forward we don’t need just one hero to lead the charge, we need each one of us to step up and become the hero’s we want to see.

Aug 22, 2011
3:38 PM

It really is quite sad. I know a lot of Canadians are planning to leave their lights on during tonights vigil but I think it would be more appropriate to light a candle or use a flameless candle instead of using up all that electricity. ;)

Aug 22, 2011
3:05 PM

Beautiful heart/beautiful soul.

Thank you

for speaking for Canadians and Mother Earth and not chiming in with the fear propaganda of greedy Corporations/Elites (as they steal from Our Treasury and destroy Our Democracy).

Aug 22, 2011
2:28 PM

Mr Layton was the only leader in the last federal election leadership debate who actually talked about the importance for Canada to address Climate Change and for the federal govt. to stop subsidizing fossil fuel industry. For that and many more, thank you Mr Layton for reminding and inspiring Canadians, young and old.

Aug 22, 2011
1:51 PM

RIP Jack you will be missed

Aug 22, 2011
1:42 PM

He will be truly missed, a sad day for Canadians.

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