On August 22, Canada woke up to the news that Jack Layton had passed away early that morning. After successfully beating prostate cancer, Layton had temporarily stepped down as leader of the party in order to battle another type of cancer. Unfortunately, this time he did not pull through.
The charismatic politician and leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) had captured the hearts of Canadians, and especially Quebecers, as he campaigned across the country in the Spring of 2011. His successful campaign allowed his party to gain a historic rise in seats (from 37 to 103).
Over the course of the week, Canadians across the country have been remembering Layton, celebrating his life, mourning his passing, and looking forward with love, optimism and hope. Click through to see and read about the ways Canadians have been commemorating Layton’s life over the past week, culminating with his funeral today at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall.
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