To the Editor,
One could be excused for being cynical when it comes to politics, politicians, or what appears to be a society that lacks compassion. Was it that long ago that neighbour looked after neighbour, friend after friend, doors were left ajar as a welcome to our communities, and compassion was as pure as the Island's red soil?
Have we reached the Rubicon where the problem seems so large we feel helpless to change?
In acknowledgement of our aptitude to fail, we know that we shall rise again. At any particular point in our life, a hand is all that is required to get us back on our feet.
I often find myself searching for personal inspiration, those individuals whose words inspire, actions galvanize, and undeterred hope creates the courage to dream. Individuals like Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Rosa Parks, Wangari Maathai, Tommy Douglas, Stephen Lewis and of course, Jack Layton.
I have found my daily inspiration from those who crawl out of bed to face the daunting task of making our small but meager world here on P.E.I. a better place to live and who build a legacy that our children and grandchildren may be proud of. So I find myself both inspired and thankful.
Many people fight for our communities to offer those without voices a chord in which to sing. They give our children opportunities and fight for affordable housing, food security, to eradicate poverty, create community gardens, better hospital care, equality, clean water, protection of the environment, renewable energy, responsible government.
These are all things "le bon Jack" fought for. Clearly he understood that being right was not always fashionable, and that standing up for everyday Canadians meant sometimes standing alone. Each and everyone one of us has a role to play in creating an inclusive society; one that can be achieved together by listening, engaging, and understanding our diversity is to be celebrated. Through that dialogue, understanding, and openness we can change the world.
Leader, NDP P.E.I.