NEWS RELEASE · 22nd August 2011
Adrian Dix today issued the following statement on the passing of Jack Layton, leader of the federal New Democrats.
"I was deeply saddened by the news this morning of Jack Layton’s passing.
"My thoughts are first and foremost with Jack’s family: Olivia, his children and his grandchildren.
"Jack was an extraordinary leader and an even more extraordinary person. His impact was such that his loss feels to many of us like a loss in our own family.
"While the country is the poorer for Jack’s passing, Canada is richer for his immense contribution over a lifetime in politics. Wherever he went and whoever he met, Jack made his mark with his optimism, dynamism and boundless energy.
"Jack Layton had a special ability to connect with the hopes and aspirations of ordinary people and young people especially. He was always focused on bringing positive change to Canada and we saw that in the extraordinary results in the last election.
"As we grieve, we also commit ourselves to continue to build on his legacy and the principles he fought for all his political life."