On August 22, Jack Layton, the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), passed away. He was only 61.
In the 2011 federal election last May, Layton led the NDP to a historic total of 103 seats and formed the Official Opposition. The success of the NDP in the election was unprecedented.
Canadians all across the country, regardless of their political beliefs, mourned following the news of his death. An impromptu memorial emerged on Parliament Hill. People brought stuffed animals, letters, flowers, knick-knacks and dozens of cans of Orange Crush—a rallying symbol for the party’s explosion in popularity during the federal election.
Layton leaves behind a political legacy and a very moving letter: “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
You can see the complete set of the memorial pictures on Flickr.