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Singh pays tribute to memory of Jack Layton

August 22 was the tenth anniversary of the former NDP leader’s death
Federal NDP leader Jack Layton smiles during a Thunder Bay visit in this file photograph. ( file photo)
TORONTO – On the tenth anniversary of Jack Layton’s death, Jagmeet Singh, joined by Mike Layton, Toronto City Councilor and Jack Layton’s son, along with others, gathered in Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate the lasting impact that Layton had on people in Toronto and across the country. 

“Everywhere I go, people stop to tell me how much they were inspired by Jack and what it means for us to be continuing his approach to politics. An approach that hopes to build a country, made stronger by a collective instinct for compassion, for love and for empathy,” said Singh. “Standing here today, seeing hundreds of people sharing their commitment to be more loving, hopeful and optimistic by chalking Nathan Phillips Square as we did ten years ago, it’s hard to not be inspired to redouble our efforts and to keep fighting for the better world he knew – and we all know – is possible.”

While speaking with media, Singh announced that, following the election he and his team will introduce a bill in the House of Commons and undertake the work of having Elections Canada change the name of the riding Jack represented as a member of Parliament, from Toronto-Danforth to Danforth-Layton.

“Jack continues to inspire so many of us to reach for a higher purpose; to first to look out for each other, and to do our best in service of a better, more humane, and saner world,” said Singh. “Jack’s message is as relevant today as it was ten years ago. Whatever we may face collectively or in our own lives, don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.”