The only book written by Jack Layton (1950-2011) on his political life and vision, this is the former NDP leader's passionate call to action and will inspire all Canadians to embrace a better future.
On August 22, 2011, Jack Layton, Official Opposition Leader, died as he lived, with dignity, bestowing to his country a message of hope. Canada was in mourning and within hours of his death, tens of thousands of Canadians -- from NDP supporters to political opponents -- paid tribute to the man and his legacy through public vigils, memorials, and expressions of grief.
Originally published in 2006, Speaking Out Louder represents Layton's "blueprint for Canada" Highly acclaimed and powerfully written, this book captures Jack Layton's political vision and exemplifies the optimism that marked his life's work. In it he shares personal stories and fascinating, behind-the-scenes details of his career in national politics and talks about the big issues (poverty, AIDS and healthcare, childcare, housing, education) and the ideas that work for Canadians.
“Layton's book is a very good read. Its tremendous research, clear writing and overall civility should find it a place on the shelves of political readers of all stripes… inspiring.”
—The Globe and Mail
“... required reading for anyone who yearns for the optimism of Trudeau-era Liberalism.”
About the Author:
Born and raised in Quebec, JACK LAYTON graduated from McGill University and received his doctorate in political science from York University. He was leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada from 2003 until his death in 2011. He previously sat on Toronto City Council, serving at times during that period as acting mayor and deputy mayor of Toronto. He was the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Toronto--Danforth. His wife, Olivia Chow, was a long-time Toronto city councillor and is now a Member of Parliament.