Layton lauded

Yukon's opposition leaders are praising the accomplishments of Jack Layton, who succumbed to cancer Monday morning. "The New Democratic Party family was so lucky to have Jack at the helm as he led the party to historic achievements," said Liz Hanson

Yukon’s opposition leaders are praising the accomplishments of Jack Layton, who succumbed to cancer Monday morning.

“The New Democratic Party family was so lucky to have Jack at the helm as he led the party to historic achievements,” said Liz Hanson, leader of the Yukon’s NDP, in a statement.

“He embodied the best of politics, and was motivated to make real positive impacts in our country, our world and in the lives of ordinary Canadians.

“As we mourn losing a great Canadian and a tireless champion, let us remember the words he penned just days before his death: ‘My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.’”

Liberal Leader Arthur Mitchell described Layton as “a man deeply committed to his principles, and he brought those values forward in public life.

“It was his optimism and commitment to human dignity that made him an advocate for social justice. It was that same enthusiasm that brought others to his side who believed in a generous and just Canada.

“Jack Layton fought for his beliefs, and his death is a loss to Canadians. While it has come far too soon, his memory will continue to inspire those who share his vision.”

Yukoners have been invited to write their condolences in a book in the foyer of the Yukon government’s administration building. As of Tuesday afternoon, nine pages had been filled.

The Yukon’s NDP is inviting the public to attend a broadcast of Layton’s funeral on Saturday at the Town Hall conference room of the Gold Rush Inn. Doors are open at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m.

Contact John Thompson at

johnt@yukon-news.com.

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