You know the playbook on Canadians. We are laid-back, reserved, undemonstrative, mildly socialistic, usually back the United States and when the chips are down we come on as dullards with phony humility just like Uriah Heep.
Well I guess the emotional outpouring for Jack from coast to coast to coast put paid to most of the above. I admit I have never heard one of us talk about Canadian “exceptionalism.” That is not our humility showing. It just means we don’t buy into the American myth that God has chosen us to lead the rest of the world to freedom and salvation. A second chosen people. We will have none of that.
But bloodless and undemonstrative. I don’t think so. I never interviewed Jack Layton. Never even met him. So I was suprised to find myself choking up with emotion this past week as the tributes to Jack poured in from every corner of the country.
Mildly socialistic? Did you hear Stephen Lewis’ soaring speech and the part where he said, like Jack Layton, we must continue the work for social democracy. Those words ignited a standing ovation. Even Stephen Harper stood up.
“Jack, we hardly knew ye.”
But at the end we came to love you. RIP.
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