The sad passing of Jack Layton on 22 August 2011, from cancer, was a great loss for his party, for Canada and for our global movement. In 2003 he became leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) and within a year his policies had almost doubled NDP votes. Under his leadership the NDP became the country's Official Opposition in 2011 with overwhleming national support. Jack shared the SI's principles and vision, and his tireless spirit, along with his belief in social justice and universal healthcare, has inspired and motivated us. He is remembered for all these values, and as a true politician for the people.