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The house that Jack built

Posted on: August 23, 2011

Canadians of all political stripes were deeply saddened yesterday to learn of the death of Jack Layton, the Leader of the Official Opposition.

The NDP in particular are reeling from the loss of their highly popular leader, a man who almost singlehandedly swept an incredible 59 of 75 seats in Quebec for the NDP in May’s federal election.

Jack Layton has led the NDP since January 2003 and his impact on the electoral fortunes of the NDP was immense. Mr Layton became leader at a time when the NDP had just 13 seats in the House of Commons and only 8.5% of the vote.

In the four general elections fought by Mr Layton since becoming leader in 2003, the NDP’s number of seats and share of the vote has increased on every occasion:

A remarkable increase, reflected coast-to-coast-to-coast in provinces and territories across Canada:

Jack Layton will be honoured by a state funeral to be held Saturday in Toronto. The funeral will be open to the public – further details here from CityTV Toronto.

The NDP are also accepting messages of condolence on their website (FrançaisEnglish).


“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair.

So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Jack Layton, Letter to Canadians, August 20, 2011


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