It would have been your birthday last week, and next month will be a year since you passed. I will never forget checking my Blackberry that morning and seeing the statement from Olivia, Sarah and Mike and realizing right away that something was terribly wrong. Sometimes I can’t believe it’s been so long, but really I can’t believe it’s only been a year.

The last time I saw you, you were dancing with Olivia at convention in Vancouver, everyone was feeling great. We were celebrating 50 years and making history. When your coffin left Ottawa I watched it on television, and that’s when I cried the hardest, because you were leaving Ottawa forever and it wasn’t supposed to be that way.

You were a very special man to a lot of people, you were very special to me. You really made me believe that change can happen, and I’m going to be working towards that vision as best I can. I’m going to teach my daughter that change may take hard work, but if it’s important enough it’s always worth it.

Your vision is alive, Jack, there’s a campaign launching this very day and people will be sharing what you meant to them and what they’re doing to live with love, hope and optimism. People will share how they are committed to a more equal and just CAnada. People can share how they feel by going to or tweeting with #DearJack.

I had great faith in you, Jack. In a way I still do, because I believe that you touched the lives of others as much as you touched me and together we can make a difference for this country that I love.

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