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Kelowna stops to remember Jack Layton

On Saturday morning the Coast Capri Hotel was painted orange with all walks of life gathering for one reason.

To celebrate the life of Jack Layton.

“What I’ll remember about Jack Layton is his actions and the fact that he didn’t let anything deter him from doing what he needed to do,” said Tish Lakes, an NDP candidate in the 2008 federal election.

“My one great regret is that I would’ve loved to see Jack as prime minister.”

Lakes said that Canadians have an obligation to work to Layton’s spirit and continue to make Canada a better place.

Eileen Robinson, who has been in the NDP for over 40 years, said Layton realized the NDP’s struggle in the Okanagan; however, he encouraged supporters to “keep going.”

“There wasn’t a phony bone in his body. He was a tough campaigner; he said some tough stuff. But he was never mean,” said Robinson.

Tisha Kalmanovitch, NDP candidate for the Kelowna-Lake Country region in the federal election this May, said Canada has lost a colourful leader.

“I’m an amateur artist; I’m known as a colourist. When I received the news about Jack Layton, all I could think was how gray Canada is going to be without him,” said Kalmanovitch.

“When I think of Jack I think of colour. I think of the orange: That vibrant zesty, yet warm colour. I think of the lime green: For growing things, for life. All those qualities reflect the principals that he held so closely and that formed the basis of our policies.”

Kalmanovitch said she found the strength and will of Layton to be profound.

“He was genuinely concerned about connecting with people about real things that mattered to them.”

About 100 people were on hand for the celebration of Layton’s life on Saturday. The first part of the service featured local speakers. At 11 a.m. the group watched a video broadcast of the state funeral service.

 

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

 

 

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