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Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on Jack Layton

Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on Jack Layton

Posted on July 25, 2011

OTTAWA— Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on Jack Layton’s health announcement:

“I was saddened today when I heard that Jack Layton will be temporarily stepping down as leader of the New Democratic Party due to the discovery of a new type of cancer.

We know that Jack is an incredibly resilient man who does not give up without a fight. During the last election, he showed an incredible courage in the face of health challenges.

I hope that taking a break from politics will give him the time and energy he needs to make a full recovery and continue his contributions to public life. On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our parliamentary caucus, I wish Jack Layton a full recovery and a speedy return to politics.

On a personal note, Arlene and I have known Jack and Olivia for many years. We wish them our very best.”