Re: NDP: The party that Jack rebuilt, The Record, Aug. 26.
I hate to be seen here, as the Advocatus Diaboli (Devil's advocate) of this beatification and canonization of the late Jack Layton, but I cannot ever recall reading anything so partisan, biased and over-wrought in any local paper.
Mr. Groeneveld states that Layton's achievements have been huge, and I say that is a huge underestimation of what he has achieved.
He has accomplished what we would have thought impossible.
The Quebec voter, most of them separatists, will now have virtual control of our national socialist party. Does anyone really think that Quebec voters have turned over a new leaf and now want to be proud Canadians?
As for Americans coveting our "universal health care," I think not, considering that many political and union leaders (including Jean Chretien and Jack Layton) have made use of private and/or American clinics.
Truth is, though the cost may be more in the states to the south, tests, procedures and treatments can begin almost immediately. Perhaps Mr. Groeneveld should query some of us who belong to the baby boom and who are just beginning to make frequent use of it because of advancing decrepitude, what we think of this "coveted" system.
Larry Bennett, Burnaby