Statement of CCFA Toronto on the death of the Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the NDP
It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of the Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the Opposition New Democratic Party of Canada.
Jack Layton was a friend of Cuba and a strong advocate of peace and social justice. Last August, just over a year ago, he participated in a public meeting at the Steelworkers Hall in Toronto dedicated to the struggle for the freedom of the Cuban Five who are unjustly imprisoned in the United States. These five heroic men are anti-terrorists, who were simply trying to prevent terrorism against Cuba. Jack listened to the international union presenters and listened to the pleas of family members of the Cuban Five present and took the microphone and gave his commitment that the NDP will raise awareness about justice for the Cuban Five.
In consideration and respect of the State Funeral for Jack Layton, we are cancelling the 16th Annual Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day scheduled for August 27 at Nathan Phillips Square
The Canadian Cuban Friendship Association Toronto expresses its heartfelt condolences to Jack’s wife, Olivia Chow and his son Michael and daughter Sarah and granddaughter Beatrice. We also extend our condolences to the NDP Parliamentary Caucus, all members of the NDP and to progressive Canadians who will miss Jack in the struggles to come.
Jack’s final words, written to the many constituencies he has worked with, speak volumes about his spirit of struggle and hope for the future for Canada and the world.
Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto
Elizabeth Hill, President.