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International President Loeb’s Statement on Jack Layton’s Passing

Photo caption: NDP Leader Jack Layton

On August 22nd, Leader of the NDP Jack Layton passed away.  Upon hearing of his death, International President Matthew D. Loeb stated, “Jack Layton defended working families with vigour and determination.  He exuded optimism, compassion, and love of country.  His doggedness took the labour movement to unprecedented heights.

In a career that took him through municipal, provincial and federal governments, Jack Layton was a determined advocate for working people, communities and the environment.  President Loeb continued, “Jack was truly a man of the people.  Canada has lost a great Canadian.”