CEP union president issues statement on passing of Jack Layton, leader of New Democratic Party of Canada, says he was a great political leader, principled social democrat committed to social justice and peace

OTTAWA , August 22, 2011 (press release) – Statement by Dave Coles, President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union on the passing of Jack Layton.

Our union mourns the loss of our political leader, Jack Layton. Jack Layton is one of the greatest political leaders in our country's history. His vision and energy built the NDP into Canada's official opposition. It is a historic tragedy that his destiny to become our Prime Minister is an unfinished project for others now to complete.

I knew Jack Layton as a principled social democrat who was utterly committed to social justice and peace. Thousands of our members knew Jack by his first name, as a leader who had reached out to them in their workplaces and communities. Jack Layton paid attention to our members' deepest concerns and gave them unqualified support in their struggles.

CEP's officers, staff and members send our deepest condolences and our solidarity to Olivia and Jack's family. We share your tears and we remember Jack as our friend and our champion.

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