August 22, 2011
NDP Leader Jack Layton dead at 61 (OT)
OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jack Layton was a man known for his personal and political willpower – a sentiment reflected in the outpouring of support and sadness following his death Monday.
Layton, 61, succumbed to his second battle with cancer at his home in Toronto on while surrounded by family and loved ones, according to his a statement issued by his family.
In his final days, Jack Layton penned a letter to New Democrats and Canadians in which he looked toward the future, refusing to let his vision of Canada die.
A consummate politician to the very end, Mr. Layton laid out how he thought the party should proceed without him, advising that it convene a leadership convention “as early as possible in the New Year.” He even recommended that Nycole Turmel, the rookie Quebec MP who he had advised be Interim Leader while he battled cancer, continue in her role.
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