Jack Layton, the New Democratic Party leader who led his party to Official Opposition status in this yearâ€™s federal election, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 61.
Created by TorontoStar on Aug 22, 2011
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"We deeply regret to inform you that The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today, Monday, August 22," said a statement from his wife Olivia Chow and his children Sarah and Michael Layton.
Layton announced July 25 that he would take a leave of absence as party leader to fight a second, and evidently much more serious, bout of cancer.
Jack Layton takes his place as the Leader of the Opposition.
The party won a landslide 59 seats.
â€śLike my dad, I am a fighter. And I will beat this,â€ť Layton told reporters in February 2010 as he announced that he had been battling prostate cancer for the previous few months.
Layton is re-elected in his Toronto-Danforth riding.
With Liberal Leader Stephane Dion and Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe, Layton signs an historic accord to form a coalition government to replace Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives in December 2008. The coalition fell apart, but Layton remained steadfast in defeating the Conservatives.
Layton receives a 92 per cent approval rating from the NDP in Quebec City.
Layton picked up seven seats, to 29, in the election. Among the new NDP members was his wife Olivia Chow.
Layton is re-elected in the Toronto-Danforth riding.
Layton is voted in as MP for the riding of Toronto-Danforth
Although he didn't have a seat in the House of Commons, Layton used the media to his advantage in attacking Liberal policies.
With the endorsement of former federal NDP leader Ed Broadbent, Layton won on the first ballot.
Layton runs in Broadview-Greenwood, losing.
Layton is elected head of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Layton runs for Parliament in Rosedale and loses.
Layton made an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 1991.
Jack Layton, ten a councillor, and Olivia Chow, then a trustee, who both represented Toronto's Ward 6, were wed on Algonquin Island. It's Layton's second marriage.
After running and winning a seat on the Metro Toronto council, he returned to Toronto City Council in 1988.
Layton, pictured here in 1988, married his high school sweetheart Sally Halford, with whom he had two children, Sarah and Michael, when he was 19.
Jack Layton ran and won a seat on the Metro Toronto council.
Layton earns a master's degree and his PhD in political science at York University in 1983
He continues to study while running for city council.
Layton studied political science and economics at McGill University, graduating in 1970.