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Death of the leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition

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August 22, 2011

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, following the death of the leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, the Honourable Jack Layton 

OTTAWA— My wife, Sharon, and I join all Canadians in deeply mourning the loss of Jack Layton today. 

As leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, Mr. Layton was held in great esteem by Canadians for his passionate dedication to the public good. Throughout his career as a community leader and politician, he constantly strived to bring people together in the common cause of building a better Canada, and he did so with great energy and commitment. His fundamental decency and his love of our country serve as examples to us all, and he will be greatly missed. 

We wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Mr. Layton's wife, Ms. Olivia Chow, and their family, friends and colleagues in this most difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.   

David Johnston 

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Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-0287
marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca