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Speaking Out Louder: Ideas That Work for Canadians

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"Canadian values have been ignored as [Harper's] government abandoned so much that Canadians hold dear: our environmental commitments to the world and future generations, our role as purveyors of peace, our engagement on the global battle against poverty and AIDS, the emphasis on investments in child care, housing, and education essential for our future--forsaken for exped ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published 2006 by Key Porter Books
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On August 22 of 2011, Jack Layton, politician and the man behind this book died. As he passed away, he left the NDP, Official Opposition in Canada, without a leader. He left his family without a father and a husband. His book written in 2006, this politician was well-known and loved by a large number of people.

His ideals gave a breath of life to the Canadian political scene. To me, he could have been a great Prime Minister. The first chapter of this book is how Mr. Layton saw Politics and the H
He was a man you wanted to be friends with. I think he had a good heart and was a diamond in the political rough.
Sorry Jack, I really wanted to be able to say that I enjoyed this book, but it expired after I'd had it for two weeks and I had only made it to chapter seven. There are some heart-warming stories in it about how things can be done in a more human- and earth-friendly way which raises it from the one star I'd normally give to a book I couldn't finish, but overall this read like an extended advertisement for the NDP and all the name-dropping was extremely tedious. This is the first book I've ever r ...more
No matter your political stripe, there's no doubting Jack Layton was a man of passion.

Only months before his death, the longtime leader of the federal New Democrats led his party to official opposition, winning the largest number of seats in the party's history. His victory, dubbed the "orange crush," was the result of years of dedication and passion for community building.

Layton's "Speaking Out Louder" captures both the ideas and the spirit of the late leader who will undoubtedly have a place i
Tristan Austin
I think this book was meant for fellow New Democrats and more progressive Liberals. The book offered a lot of ideas and tries to show that the NDP is not a third-party, but a viable option for voters. More importantly, it lets the reader know how New Democrats approached the problems that face all Canadians in the House and on the campaign trail.

It was an optomisitic book that paints a picture of what Canadian politics could be like. However, I do think Mr. Layton was off-message when discussin
Stanley Lee
Lots of fresh ideas, even though how they would get elected is on the low side.
Bryan Richard
Great eye-opening book.
Loved this book, even though for a good part of it, it was like reading policy. But the energy and the vision - and such a welcome read after reading Harperland (only because the topic was Harper - the writing was excellent).

Jack should have had the opportunity to be our Prime Minister and made us shine!
Shanda Stefanson
I loved this book. It gave me hope that there is a better way for Canada, and made we want to believe in the political system again. It also make me deeply sad that Jack won't be around to help. Everyone in Canada should read this book.
Great book real eye opener for those of you that think the government is on your side, I'd recommend anyone reading this book :)
Interesting review of the history and issues, but got a bit tedious after awhile.
Derrick Courtens
Jack was leading us to a better way for all. Found this book very inspiring.

The blueprint our country should be following.
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Canadian leader of the New Democrats,the NDP, a social democratic party in Canada, born on July 18th of 1950. He was the author of two books including Speaking Out Louder: Ideas That Work for Canadians and Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis.Member of the Canadian Parliament for Toronto-Durham until his death. Graduating of McGill University in 1970 with Honours BA in political scien ...more
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