Monday, August 22, 2011
I was very saddened but not surprised to hear of the death of Jack Layton. Jack had looked ill to me for some time, but when I saw him July 25, I knew things were going terribly wrong. I agreed with Mr Layton on very little. He was a supporter of the Canadian Crown, as am I. He always referred to himself as leader ofr Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. Indeed I ran into him and Olivia Chow at the state dinner for HM the Queen in August 2010. He introduced Olivia Chow as his MP. He had a lovely smile on his face.
My deepest sympathies to Olivia Chow , his friends and extended family. Canada has lost a favourite son.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement following the death of Jack Layton
“I was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the death of Jack Layton.
"When I last spoke with Jack following his announcement in July, I wished him well and he told me he'd be seeing me in the House of Commons in the Fall.
"This, sadly, will no longer come to pass.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I salute Jack’s contribution to public life, a contribution that will be sorely missed.
"I know one thing: Jack gave his fight against cancer everything he had. Indeed, Jack never backed down from any fight.
"To his wife Olivia, his family, and to his colleagues and friends, Laureen and I offer our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time."