|Leader of the Opposition|
May 2, 2011 â€“ August 22, 2011
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Michael Ignatieff|
|Succeeded by||Nycole Turmel|
|Leader of the New Democratic Party|
January 25, 2003 â€“ August 22, 2011
(Leave of absence from July 28, 2011)
|Preceded by||Alexa McDonough|
|Succeeded by||Nycole Turmel (Interim)|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
June 28, 2004 â€“ August 22, 2011
|Preceded by||Dennis Mills|
|Succeeded by||Craig Scott|
|Born||John Gilbert Layton
July 18, 1950
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Died||August 22, 2011
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Resting place||Ashes scattered on the Toronto Islands, buried in the Toronto Necropolis and planted at the Wyman United Church cemetery in Hudson, Quebec|
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Sally Halford (m. 1969; div. 1983)
Olivia Chow (m. 1988)
|Relations||Robert Layton (Father)
Beatrice Dora Campbell (Granddaughter)
|Alma mater||McGill University
|Religion||United Church of Canada|
People that go through serious illness – you can either go one way or the other. You can either become despondent about it all. Or it kind of rejuvenates you, makes you focus on what's important.
We have this historic problem that we have a quarter of our population, the people of Quebec, who have never signed on to the Constitution. That can't go on forever.
A prime minister's job is to make sure the government works for those who have elected him, and not for big corporations.
Canadians can get Parliament working again. Here's how to do that: elect more New Democrats.
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.
Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let's continue to move forward.
To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don't be discouraged that my own journey hasn't gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope.
I'd put it this way: Canadians want politicians to work together on their behalf. So that's what I'm committed to doing. I think it's been the goal of every NDP leader. Because we had a profound belief that we could do a good job on behalf of Canadians… if we were given that opportunity.
There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you.
Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me.
The responsibility of a minister is to step aside when there is a criminal investigation of the department. That protects the propriety of Parliament and of responsible government.