Dozens of Winnipeggers gathered in the humid space of the Lo Pub Wednesday evening to remember the Jack Layton legacy.
It's a legacy of love, hope and optimism, organizer David Jacks said during opening remarks.
"Jack’s message is going to keep rallying us," he said before passing the microphone to former Winnipeg North MP and the event’s host, Judy Wasylycia-Leis.
"Yeah, it’s a bit about the person," said Wasylycia-Leis of Layton, "but it’s much more than that. It’s about how to change the world, about a legacy that’s based on values."
The event included a video compilation of Layton that drew laughter and a few tears from an audience that included Layton supporters, colleagues and friends. A recording of a song by Dane Bjornson, the 12-year-old son of Gimli MLA Peter Bjornson, included lyrics about love conquering anger and hope conquering fear.
Wolseley MLA Rob Altemeyer, who spoke at the event, defined Stephen Harper’s ideology as "foreign" before reading a letter Layton wrote on Aug. 20, 2011, two days before he died.
MP Pat Martin briefly spoke about continuing Layton’s legacy and Rebecca Blaikie, president of the NDP, spoke last, delivering a message about moving beyond naysayers and the potential for an NDP government.