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RIP Jack Layton


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He was, until very recently, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, which is the Official Opposition.

The NDP is a social-democratic party. Here's a list of some of its principles and policies, taken from Wikipedia.

[*]Gender equality and equal rights for LGBT residents

[*]Improving environmental protection through government regulations

[*]National water safety standards

[*]Increasing corporate taxes[6]

[*]Reducing poverty in Canada[7]

[*]Aggressive human rights protection

[*]Expanding funding for public transportation

[*]Expanding public health care, including dental and prescription drug coverage

[*]Social assistance policies that reflects citizens' needs and assist their re-entry to the work force

[*]Abolishing the unelected Senate of Canada and ensuring more proportional representation[8]

[*]Workers' rights including raising the minimum wage to pace the cost of living

[*]Aboriginal peoples' treaty, land, and constitutional rights

[*]A foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy, peacekeeping, and humanitarian aid instead of offensive military action

[*]Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

[*]One wing is focused on ending the Canadian War on Drugs and legalizing recreational drugs[9]

[*]Lowering taxes for small businesses

Jack Layton was a truly amazing guy. Very charismatic and optimistic... There aren't many politicians like him.

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Heard the news last night, saw the final quote, became saddened but more concerned for how you'd handle this, Aliath. All this time I had expected Hitchens to devastate you by dying sooner than anyone else. Read my introduction, I'm back and I wish to make amends with you again. I finally realized what you finally realized a bit earlier than I did.

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