A letter to Canadians from the Honourable Jack Layton

On behalf of the Quesnel - Cariboo Sentinel and all of the many citizens of the Cariboo, both supporters of the NDP and otherwise,  I would like to offer condolences to Jack Layton and his family.


Arthur Topham


QC Sentinel

A letter to Canadians from the Honourable Jack Layton










August 20, 2011
Toronto, Ontario

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.

I recommend that Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel continue her work as our interim leader until a permanent successor is elected.

I recommend the party hold a leadership vote as early as possible in the New Year, on approximately the same timelines as in 2003, so that our new leader has ample time to reconsolidate our team, renew our party and our program, and move forward towards the next election.

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