Statements on the passing of Jack Layton

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Statement by Olivia Chow, Sarah and Michael Layton

AUGUST 22, 2011

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. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Details of Mr. Layton's funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

Statement from Nycole Turmel

AUGUST 22, 2011

New Democrats today are mourning the loss of a great Canadian.

Jack was a courageous man. It was his leadership that inspired me, and so many others, to run for office. We -- Members of Parliament, New Democrats and Canadians -- need to pull together now and carry on his fight to make this country a better place.

On behalf of New Democrats from coast to coast to coast, our thoughts and prayers are with our colleague Olivia Chow, Jack's children Sarah and Mike and the rest of Jack's family.

And we remember the Tommy Douglas quote Jack included in every email he sent: "Courage my friends, ‘tis never too late to build a better world."

For more information please check the link to the NDP website.

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