Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on the death of Jack Layton :
“Like all Canadians, Arlene and I are deeply saddened by the death of Jack Layton. He was a friend of ours for many years, and despite our political differences his decency, good humour and extraordinary resilience earned our deep admiration. We remained friends throughout our political lives.
On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I express our deep condolences to Olivia and Jack’s family, as well as to his colleagues and friends in the New Democratic Party. He leaves a powerful legacy of a commitment to social justice in his work in Toronto as a city councillor and as a national leader.
Peace and comfort to all. When David Lewis passed away Stanley Knowles ended his eulogy with the words “shalom chaver, shalom”. Peace, brother, peace.”