Monday, August 22, 2011

RIP Jack Layton

I've met with Jack Layton on arts policy matters a number of times, and always found him to be a passionately interested person. We did not always agree when we talked, but that matters far less than honest listening, which Jack excelled at.

As I think back this morning to our discussions, none stands out more than a dinner conversation I had with Olivia Chow and Jack (at a THIS magazine sponsored book launch years ago) in which Jack told the table every thing he knew about the Chanterelle mushroom. He knew a lot about the Chanterelle.

There is nothing more interesting than an honest politician not talking about politics. I will miss Jack Layton.

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(image of Jack Layton courtesy, poster of Jack Layton's words courtesy Stuart Thursby)

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