You moved us Jack… and still do

You moved us Jack

Over the last few days I’ve spent a few hours on CPAC watching the diversity of people in this great land show their final respects to Jack. At times, I have been moved to tears by the love and respect shown by people from all walks of life, testifying to the greatness of this man whose simple dedication (like Mother Teresa) to making their lives better was his life long goal and mission. In this modern, selfish and egotistical world that is a great accomplishment and testament.

I was especially moved by my Japanese brothers and sisters who in bowing three times in front of Jack’s casket expressed the highest respect shown in their culture to those they wish to honour. The ones who gave a simple salute or final farewell wave, or sign of the cross or those who prostrated themselves, all moved me with their acts of humbleness and respect. The mosaic of what makes up Canada: Native, French, English, Chinese, black, brown… the old, the young, families they all came to say their final farewell to someone they had grown to love and admire. A rare man (politician, no less) they came to know who really cared about them and their struggles, in addressing the lack of fairness and equality in our present system.

Jack moved people in so many ways to be better than what we are, and that one does not have to accept the status quo but can demand and work towards a better world, where no one is left behind.

So many already have written glowing tributes to Jack. It was not my intention to do that here. Rather, I’m trying to come to gripes with why people loved and respected him so? What I have come up with is that he was a simple man who did not believe in boundaries that separate people, but in inclusiveness instead. To many different types of people and groups Jack became a symbol of hope and champion of their battles and struggles, a man who did not discriminate against people but rejoiced in their diversity and made them feel they not only counted and were being listened to, but whose battles he was also fighting on their behalf. To me, Jack was a samurai warrior (less the violence) having a Buddhist heart and mind.

In a world where most people feel alone, Jack represented a friend who not only cared but who in fighting on your behalf gave you hope that tomorrow would be a brighter day. A true friend, one is lucky to have maybe once or twice in a life-time. Today, we all lost a real friend and knowing this we celebrate the life we shared with this man and the regrets mixed with grief in knowing he will be no more in our lives, but only in our memories. But whose dreams for a better world will still live on in all of us, if we just remember… “don’t let them tell you it can’t be done”.


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.

from John Prince
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3 Responses to You moved us Jack… and still do

  1. Fred Poirier says:

    Hi John,
    you should be a preacher. You’re doing a very good job! If I understand this properly, you and Jack have something in common. You both were born in Quebec, and you got to know those good french speaking Canadians and you can’t deny that because you married one yourself. Jack wanted to be elected, he turned to those good people again and voila! He’s in the opposition.
    He treats them good, they treat him nice. That’s what life is all about. No psycopaths included. Fair and square is the only way to go. Tell the truth and accept responsibility for your actions, be somebody.

  2. peter rosner says:

    Back in April of this year when we were debating the election process on your site i predicted Jack and his party would form the official oppostion. He had the the type of personality that made you want to believe in him and his vision for this country. Lets hope the NDP can find a new leader within the party than can meet the high standard that Jack has set. We have not seen a leader like him for a long time what he was able to do for his party was remarkable

  3. John Prince says:

    Hey guys, sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner but have been on fire watch for the last week and just got released today, as the minister lifted the fire band in our area. Wouldn’t have minded a few more days or weeks as the money is good as was the camaraderie amongst the crew I was with.

    Any how Fred, you think I should have been a preacher? You make me laugh. :-) Everything you said about Quebec, the French, etc. is true except I wasn’t born in Quebec but in Toronto but raised in Montreal from the age of 9 until my early twenties. Quebec and especially Montreal has always been a trend setter and I have no doubt despite Jack’s passing that they will lead the way in Canada with respect to the middle way, rather than the far right the HarperCONS advocate. p.s. I’m assuming the last part of what you say was intended for your antagonist? :-)

    Peter, good to hear from you again. You were right about Jack and the NDP forming official opposition as you are right about the rest of what you say. Jack will be missed and I doubt the NDP will be able to find someone to fill his shoes. No, I’m afraid it will probably turn out to be someone who is less conciliatory than what Jack was, possibly one who is far more radical and/or confrontational. Time will tell. If Harper steers the nation in the direction I think he will, then that is what I think will happen. The gloves will come off and no more Mr. Nice Guy from the socialist hordes at the gates.

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