RIP NDP Leader Jack Layton

By  | August 22, 2011 | 5 Comments | Filed under: 2011 Federal Election, Politics

It was announced today that NDP Leader Jack Layton passed away last night.

Jack Layton, the New Democratic Party leader who led his party to Official Opposition status in this year’s federal election, has died after a battle with cancer. He passed away early this morning with his family at his side. He was 61.

“We deeply regret to inform you that The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today, Monday, August 22,” said a statement from his wife Olivia Chow and his children Sarah and Michael Layton. “He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Details of Mr. Layton’s funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.”

Layton announced July 25 that he would take a leave of absence as party leader to fight a second, and evidently much more serious, bout of cancer.

5 Responses to RIP NDP Leader Jack Layton

  1. Margaret Barr August 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

    This is, indeed, a sad day for all. May Mr. Layton rest in peace and his family find strength in this time of need.

  2. Susan Galvao August 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

    It was heartbreaking to hear the news this morning. Jack was an incredible individual. He will be greatly missed.

  3. Betty Terrell August 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Jack Layton was a true Canadian. He was smart,witty and kept our social promises alive. Truly rip Jack. We will unite and harper will end!

  4. Allan Dettweiler August 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Jack was definitely a man with a lot of charisma! Definitely a leader.
    He will be missed by many – it would seem he will be irreplaceable at this time to his Party.
    I wish his family the best at this time of sorrow.

  5. Lary Turner August 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Jack was a true Canadian that believed in the ideals that this country was built upon …. ideals that are slowly being erroded in the name of wealth & greed.

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