The Machinists Union mourns the passing of Jack Layton. Jack was Leader of Canada’s New Democrats and of Canada’s Official Opposition. He was 61 years old.
Jack’s vision and his tireless energy transformed the NDP into Canada’s official
opposition. He was someone who believed in social democracy and spent his whole life bringing that message to Canadians.
It is a sad day for Canadians and democracy that this great leader has passed away just as he was reaching his peak. Jack launched the NDP into Canada’s official opposition for the first time in its history after the May 2011 general elections. The dream of forming Canada’s governing party falls to those who follow in his footsteps.
Jack supported the Machinists Union in our many struggles and was always available to speak to us when we needed him.
The Machinists Union in Canada and the officers, staff and members send our deepest condolences and our strength to Olivia and Jack’s family. Jack will be missed by all.
General Vice President IAMAW Canada