Dr. David Suzuki and all members of staff at The David Suzuki Foundation are shocked and deeply saddened by news of the death of Jack Layton.
As a Toronto City and Metro Toronto Councillor (1982-2003), President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (2001) and, since 2003, leader of the federal New Democratic Party, Jack united Canadians — of all regions and persuasions — around the simple truth that environmental protection and social justice are inseparable.
His campaigning and courage in addressing this truth, despite concerted political resistance, helped advance our understanding of climate change, and other major threats to the environment.
This understanding also contributed to the resurgence of the NDP across the country, including an unprecedented break-through in Quebec during the May federal election, and its success in forming the Official Opposition.
Jack Layton's contributions to the environmental and social justice movements will be sorely missed.
We offer our deepest condolences to Olivia Chow, Jack's wife and MP for Trinity-Spadina, and to Sarah and Mike (a Toronto City Councillor), his children.