NDP leader Jack Layton dies
NDP leader Jack Latyon died this morning at his home in Toronto.
He had battled prostate cancer for the past 18 months and in July stepped down as leader, saying he was fighting a different cancer. He was 61 years old.
A statement issued by his wife Olivia Chow and children Sarah and Michael Layton reads:
"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."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today (August 22) following the death of Jack Layton:
"I was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the death of Jack Layton.
"When I last spoke with Jack following his announcement in July, I wished him well and he told me he'd be seeing me in the House of Commons in the Fall.
"This, sadly, will no longer come to pass.
"On behalf of all Canadians, I salute Jack’s contribution to public life, a contribution that will be sorely missed.
"I know one thing: Jack gave his fight against cancer everything he had. Indeed, Jack never backed down from any fight.
"To his wife Olivia, his family, and to his colleagues and friends, Laureen and I offer our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time."
UNBC president George Iwama also offered condolences on Layton's death.
"We mourn the passing of a great Canadian, Jack Layton, leader of the NDP. He changed Canada for the good and leaves a great legacy," said UNBC Iwama.