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