Stephen lewis remembers Jack Layton

What’s been described as an unprecedented outpouring of grief culminated with an uplifting farewell to Jack Layton at Roy Thomson Hall Saturday — a service that reflected the late federal NDP leader’s passion for public service, social justice and the arts.

Moments of sadness were balanced by humour, stirring tributes and music. People rose from their seats and clapped along as Toronto singer Lorraine Segato sang a gospel version of Rise Up, the 1983 hit she had with the Parachute Club.

In his eulogy, former Ontario NDP leader and internationally-renowned voice on HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis said the letter to Canadians Layton crafted just days before his death is a “manifesto for social democracy.”