Inspiring a Nation

I have loved politics since I was little. I remember being in grade 4 when Jack Layton and the NDP had their election break through. I like so many was inspired by Jack. He truly made me believe that a better Canada was possible. That summer when I was ten years old I remember coming home from summer camp and my dad telling me Jack Layton had died. I was devastated and cried all night. The man who had inspired so many and who I had believed would be Canadas next Prime Minister had died. For the next few years, I stayed involved in politics becoming a legislative page and encouraging people I knew to vote regardless of their party lines. I was disappointed in the 2015 election when the NDP were no longer fighting for a progressive Canada but a centrist one. Finally this summer I read the orange wave. I remember why I had been so inspired by Jack and the NDP. and decided that now that I was 15 I would join the NDP and support a leader who would embrace Jack's message to the world. "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." Peter Julian is that leader. I believe he will fight for our environment, the protection of women, the support for students and like Jack inspire a nation.

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