Federal NDP leader Jack Layton was an enthusiastic supporter of many Canadian nonprofit organizations, charities and institutions.
He was a proponent for social justice, an advocate for environmental issues and an active participant in campaigns to raise money for charitable causes important to him.
Here’s how the groups Jack inspired are remembering his impact after news of his passing on August 22nd.
Nonprofit Organizations & Schools
White Ribbon Campaign
A Tribute to Jack Layton
He felt the time was right for great things to happen, for men to begin to move en masse to this idea that we could do better, be more caring and compassionate in our lives. That as men we could stop being afraid of equality, that we could stop being defensive about male privilege, that we could embrace the fact that we all benefit from a world with less violence against women and girls, and ultimately against each other.
Remembering Jack Layton
Sometimes described as a “poster boy” for the environment, Mr. Layton often led the way on important environmental issues, particularly clean air and climate change. He was a forward thinker on topics like options for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and growing renewable energy.
Ryerson University Statement On Jack Layton
To lose a party leader of such integrity is a profound loss for Canadian politics. Equally sad, having led the federal NDP to its first-ever official Opposition status, is that Jack Layton will not be able to take his seat as leader. Jack’s loss will be felt acutely by all his former colleagues.
Prostate Cancer Canada
Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton Dies At 61
He has been a friend and supporter of Prostate Cancer Canada and we are all deeply saddened by his passing. Our thoughts are with his wife Olivia, children Sarah and Michael, colleagues, friends and supporters.
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)
CIJA Statement on the Passing of Jack Layton
In commemoration of his work, CIJA will be establishing the Jack Layton Scholarship for Social Justice, to be awarded annually to a Canadian student who demonstrates a meaningful commitment to enhancing Canada’s quality of life.
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (AIDSLaw)
Statement on the Passing of Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition
From the beginning, he spoke out against homophobia and demonstrated time and again his support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He defended public health and other services that make communities safer and healthier. He championed Aboriginal rights and women’s rights, and called for humane and fair immigration policy.
That Poverty Project
Throughout his career, he has fought for those who are most vulnerable in our society . . . the poor, those on reservations, the elderly, and the working many just trying to make ends meet. Of course, even those who disagreed with his politics, knew that Jack Layton was an admirable man and a great Canadian.
The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada)
Statement on the Passing of Jack Layton
Jack was a tireless advocate for affordable housing and an end to homelessness in Canada, and his voice will be sorely missed. Housing co-operators across the country join me in offering our sincere condolences to Jack Layton’s family and his many dear friends.
The Canadian Cancer Society
Statement about Death of Jack Layton
The Canadian Cancer Society will always be grateful for Jack Layton’s passionate efforts to improve the health of Canadians and to raise awareness and funds for our organization to help us in our mission to eradicate cancer and assist those living with the disease.
David Suzuki Foundation
Jack revealed link between social justice and environmental protection
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.
Vibrant Communities Calgary
A Sad Day
He gave voice to the voiceless, he stood up and spoke on behalf of the most vulnerable Canadians, and no matter what party you belong to, or if like me you belong to no party at all, you must realize that an amazing Canadian voice for equality was lost today.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
CCPA statement at the passing of Jack Layton
We are all heartbroken at the passing of Jack Layton. An inspirational leader, he carried the hopes and dreams of all of us in the movement for social justice. He symbolized the very best in political life.
The Monarchist League of Canada
Statement on Jack Layton
Jack Layton was a monarchist who understood the role of the Crown as a bulwark of Canadian democratic institutions. Many will fondly remember his evident excitement last election night, as media filmed Mr Layton’s talking on the phone with supporters, and telling them they were speaking to “the next Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.”
Statement by McGill University
Just a year ago, Mr. Layton visited our campus to meet with the incoming class of first-year McGill students. Higher education, he told them, ‘is an investment in making a better world, in finding solutions to some of the challenges that we’re dealing with as a community, as a global society, as a series of neighborhoods.
Unions & Labour Organizations
Statement by Ferne Downey on the Death of Jack Layton
Jack was a passionate advocate for the labour movement and was unwavering in his belief in the essential nature of the arts in Canada. Jack got it. Jack’s heartfelt conviction that we can build a better world will continue to inspire and define us as Canadians.
CUPE Local 79
Mourning the loss of Jack Layton
Canada has lost a great social democrat who fought tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all Canadians. During Jack’s tenure both as a Toronto City Councillor and a Metro Councillor, he was always a staunch protector of municipal workers and strongly defended public services.
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)
Statement by the President of CFNU on the Passing of Jack Layton
Layton represented a hopeful vision of Canada and worked tirelessly to make it come true. His belief that we can be motivated by hope rather than by fear, and by what we can do rather than what we cannot, inspired us. Those of us who had the good fortune to have worked with him have been humbled by his energy and dedication.
Ontario Teachers Federation
Statement on the Death of Jack Layton
He was a larger than life part of our political system. His recent electoral success will remain his legacy as the Leader of the New Democratic Party. It is a loss that we will never get to see him actually enter the House of Commons as the Leader of the Opposition.
BC Federation of Labour
Statement from the B.C. Federation of Labour on passing of Jack Layton
We join with millions of Canadians across Canada to mourn the loss of a leader that inspired people in a time of cynicism, who believed in a Canada that could be better for everyone, who displayed personal and political courage on a daily basis.
CUPE Ontario Remembers Jack
Jack has been a remarkable ally and friend to working people in Ontario for decades. From his time on Toronto City Council to his final act in Parliament standing up for workers’ rights, Jack has fought for all of us and for a better vision of Canada. He has inspired us to action, encouraged us to believe and defined our Party in the last decade with his relentless optimism.
Statement from President David Black on the Passing of Jack Layton
He stood tirelessly and unwaveringly with workers, tackling issues such as anti-scab legislation, the Westray Law to hold CEOs accountable for wrongful deaths of employees, public pensions, universal healthcare, and building a green economy for all.
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
Elementary Teachers Mourn Passing of Jack Layton
As teachers we encourage our students to understand the importance of the political process and to get involved. Jack’s passion for democratic activism made it easier to communicate that to students. That will be his legacy and for that we all owe him a debt of gratitude.
Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs’ Statement on the Passing of NDP Leader Jack Layton
The CAFC was fortunate to have worked with Mr. Layton on various public safety issues and we will always remember the genuine interest and concern with which he approached our encounters. Canada’s Fire Chiefs join all Canadians in expressing our appreciation for his tireless service. Today we remember a great Canadian and a friend to so many.