This was a sad week for Canadians who are mourning the early passing of a genuine political leader. I didn’t always see eye to eye with Jack Layton on political and social issues, but there was no denying the man’s charisma and his ability to make the most out of his party’s diminutive stature in the House of Commons. I admired him as a tactician, and his quick witted zingers during debates. Watching the New Democratic Party knock the Liberals on their ass – and continue to kick them while they were down – this past election was a thing of beauty.

Jack leaves us with a job thoroughly unfinished. He had much work left to do, and clearly the will do it. Even in his last days Jack was laying out strategy for the NDP’s political future. But Layton’s body couldn’t keep up with the man. For Canadians it is perhaps most heartbreaking that we will never see what Jack could have done.

In honor of Jack, I’ve jumped ahead a couple years in the Dead-Beef archives. Back in 2004 Jeremy and I were just starting to take interest in politics. As many of us in our early 20’s often do, our political opinions swung sharply too the left, and we both were ready to give our vote to the newly minted leader of the NDP. As young, naive left-wing idealist, this comic wasn’t exactly politically poignant. Actually, I’m pretty sure you will never see a comic from us that could be considered poignant in any respect, unless you feel real strongly about dick and fart jokes. For political poignancy I suggest taking a stroll over to the edmontonian to listen to Reverend Jeff Samsonow.

Anyway, this is for you Jack.

They Call Him Jack

They Call Him Jack