NDP Leader Jack Layton

NDP Leader Jack Layton

Yahoo News Canada: OTTAWA – Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton has died.

The party issued a statement this morning, just weeks after a gaunt Layton held a news conference to announce he was fighting a second bout of cancer. The party says Layton died peacefully at 4:45 a.m. ET today at his Toronto home, surrounded by family and loved ones. Funeral details have not yet been announced. Like some political Moses, Jack Layton led his people out of the wilderness, only to die within sight of his own Promised Land. In the preface to his 2006 book, “Speaking Out Louder,” Layton wrote a passage that turned out to be eerily prescient:

“Oftentimes, life’s highs and lows are inextricably linked. That has certainly happened to me and, occasionally, the ups and downs were virtually simultaneous.”. … Read more…