Statement on the ceremonies related to the state funeral of the Honourable Jack Layton

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OTTAWA, August 23, 2011 - Canadians are invited to pay their respects to the Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.

The Lying-in-State for Mr Layton will take place in the foyer of the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25. It will be open to the public from 12:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Canadians can also pay tribute to Mr. Layton as he lies in repose at Toronto City Hall on Friday, August 26 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, August 27 beginning at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2011, at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. For more information on the State Funeral or to convey condolences to Mr. Layton's family, Canadians can visit here.

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