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.”