Love, Hope, Optimism

An informal portrait of Jack Layton by those who knew him

by James L. Turk

edited by Charis Wahl

A portrait of the real Jack Layton through the eyes of neighbours, friends, family and colleagues

An Ottawa Citizen Notable Book for 2012

When Jack Layton died unexpectedly in the summer of 2011, millions of people mourned the loss of a man who had emerged as a much-loved political leader. They saw him as someone who combined values they shared with a personal style they admired.

In this book, co-editors James L. Turk and Charis Wahl have gathered stories and anecdotes about Jack Layton from a wide range of people who knew him at different stages during his life and career. These contributions offer an engaging and informal biographical portrait of Jack as a young man in Hudson, Quebec, as a lecturer at Ryerson University, as a Toronto city councillor, and as the leader of the NDP.

The contributors include family and friends, colleagues, politicians, and constituents. Among them are Ed Broadbent, Sarah Layton, Svend Robinson, Tim Flannery, Peggy Nash, Jean Charest, Brian Topp, Cathy Crowe, Libby Davies, Joe Mihevc, Brad Lavigne, Anne McGrath, Shawn Atleo, and Adam Vaughan.

With the blessing of Jack's family, James L. Turk and Charis Wahl have put together a portrait of Jack which is by turns warm and funny as well as honest and illuminating.

Royalties from the sale of this book will go to the Broadbent Institute.

About the Authors

James L. Turk
James L. Turk
JAMES L. TURK is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and the editor of several books, including Universities at Risk and Free Speech in Fearful Times: After 9/11 in Canada, the US, Australia, and Europe. James was Jack's friend for many years.
CHARIS WAHL is a Toronto-based writer and editor. She is co-author of Doris McCarthy: My Life, published by Second Story Press.


"Much has been written about this beloved political leader but this compilations personal take makes it stand apart."
Zoomer Media
The best of this collection of remembrances offers specific stories...Jacks willingness to laugh with a political opponent; his matchmaking efforts; and his skills as an auctioneer.
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