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Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on Jack Layton

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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.”

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