OTTAWA – On the one year anniversary of Jack Layton’s death, Canadians from coast, to coast, to coast gathered to celebrate and reflect on this great leader’s legacy.
“He changed the face of Canadian politics,” said Official Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen (MP, Skeena-Bulkley Valley). “Jack inspired many people to get involved with politics for the first time and work for change.”
Layton is remembered for his resilience, especially on the election campaign trail when he traveled across Canada with his trademark cane. Under his leadership, New Democrats won their greatest election victory in history and became Official Opposition.
“He used his fight with cancer to promote the issue and inspire Canadians. From the outpouring of emotion across this country last year, it is clear Jack was a great leader who touched millions of Canadians, no matter their political stripes,” said Cullen.
Layton visited the Northwest three times since 2004 and loved the people and the land. People in the Northwest, like many Canadians, were inspired by his passion, optimism and courage.
“His message, ‘don’t let them tell you it can’t be done,’ couldn’t be more important than for us today,” said Cullen. “Part of building a better Canada is protecting our pristine coast, respecting First Nations’ land, and our way of life. We must keep his hope and vision alive.”