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The Honourable
Jack Layton
Leader of the Opposition
In office
May 2, 2011 â€“ August 22, 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Michael Ignatieff
Succeeded by Nycole Turmel
Leader of the New Democratic Party
In office
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
for Toronto—Danforth
In office
June 28, 2004 â€“ August 22, 2011
Preceded by Dennis Mills
Succeeded by Craig Scott
Personal details
Born John Gilbert Layton
(1950-07-18)July 18, 1950
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died August 22, 2011(2011-08-22) (aged 61)
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)
Children Mike Layton
Sarah Campbell
Alma mater McGill University
York University
Profession Professor, Politician
Religion United Church of Canada[1]

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.
Jack Layton
I played a lot of squash for a lot of years.
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.
Jack Layton
A prime minister's job is to make sure the government works for those who have elected him, and not for big corporations.
Jack Layton
Canadians can get Parliament working again. Here's how to do that: elect more New Democrats.
Jack Layton
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.
Jack Layton
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.
Jack Layton
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.
Jack Layton
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.
Jack Layton
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.
Jack Layton
Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world.
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.
Jack Layton
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.
Jack Layton