Politicians and supporters of the federal NDP are marking the fifth anniversary of the passing of Jack Layton today.
The former federal NDP leader died of cancer.
The iconic figure who brought the NDP to unprecedented Official Opposition status in 2011 is being remembered by NDP MLA Adrian Dix, who says he learned a lot from Layton.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been five years and I can picture the last time I spoke with him clear as day, what he said, what he believed, what he was doing. It was after the breakthrough election of 2011 and he was very clear in his mind of what we needed to do as a party and as a country to make things better.”
Dix says Layton was widely respected, especially on the west coast.
“People loved him here. I remember at the time of his passing, people coming with candles… Lots of people who met Jack who were not really involved in politics but met Jack and were inspired by him.”
In Toronto, Layton’s wife Olivia Chow and his son, a city councillor, marked the anniversary with a procession at his grave.