Canada is mourning the loss of a great man, NDP Leader Jack Layton. Known for his warmth and personality, “Smilin” Jack Layton was a true inspiration to Canadians of all political affiliations.
Some Canadians may want to pay their respects to friends and families of Mr. Layton. There are numerous makeshift memorials set up as well as books of condolences and other means to relay your message.
- Lying-in-state is taking place at Toronto City Hall on Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- An impromptu memorial has been set up on the pedestrian walkway at City Hall complete with a bucket of “Chalk for Jack
- The lying-in-state will be at the House of Commons foyer in Ottawa and will be open to the public from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Thursday.
- A colourful makeshift memorial for Jack Layton is set up around the Centennial Flame in Ottawa
- The city of Hamilton is hosting a candlelight Vigil on Thursday, August 25 at 7:30pm at the Worker’s Monument – Hamilton City Hall (corner of Main and Bay)
- The City of Hamilton has provided a book of condolences in which citizens can pay their respects to Jack Layton. The book can be found at City Hall, 71 Main St. W, between 8:30am and 4:30pm until Friday, August 26th.
Across the world, anyone can pay there respect by visiting the NDP website.
Jack Layton was a man who was rarely seen without a smile, whose optimism and positive energy was contagious. He will missed greatly by many Canadians regardless of which side they lie on the political spectrum. Mr. Layton truly believed that Canada as a whole could make the world a better place. His spirit will live in every person who believes through working together, we can make our great country even better.
A copy of the letter Mr. Layton wrote to Canadians can be found by clicking here.