The federal NDP has acknowledged it broke the rules when it launched a Jack Layton memorial fundraising campaign after their leader passed away in August. The NDP campaigned on behalf of the Broadbent Institute, a left-leaning think thank; the Canada Elections Act strictly prohibits political parties from soliciting donations on behalf of any entity other than the party itself, one of its candidates, a leadership contestant or a district association. The party admitted it broke the rules, and has returned the money to all contributors. The commissioner of elections, William Corbett, said that in letting the party off so easily, he took into account that it acknowledged and accepted responsibility for its breaches, co-operated with his office and took corrective action within days of starting the campaign. Source: CTV News
The passing of Jack Rabbit
With the federal NDP now forced to move on in a world without Jack Layton, eyes are focusing on the party’s leadership. Party president Brian Topp, close advisor to Layton, admits he’s considering a leadership run to succeed Layton. Montreal MP Thomas Mulcair, Layton’s deputy leader, is widely considered to have a serious shot at taking Layton’s place. Other names include former Manitoba premier Gary Doer, former Nova Scotia NDP leader and newly elected MP Robert Chisholm, and veteran MPs Libby Davies and Paul Dewar. Source: The Winnipeg Free Press
Hundreds showed up to Harbourside Park last night for “St. John’s Remembers Jack”. It was a tribute to former NDP Leader Jack Layton who died Monday following a battle with cancer which also allowed the public to sign a book of condolences. In addition to local members of the NDP, other dignitaries present included Liberal MP Scott Simms, provincial Liberal Leader Kevin Aylward, City Councillor Sheilagh O’Leary and Nurses’ Union President Debbie Forward. Source: VOCM
Jack Layton’s final trip to Parliament Hill began early this morning as his hearse left a Toronto funeral home in pre-sunrise darkness. At noon Mr. Layton’s casket is expected to arrive to lie in state in the foyer of the House of Commons. Visitation will begin at 1:30 for dignitaries and 2:00 p.m. for the public. For two days, Mr. Layton will lie in state in the House of Commons foyer where Canadians will be able to pay their respects. On Friday and Saturday, before Mr. Layton’s funeral, there will also be visitation at Toronto City Hall. Mr. Layton wanted a public funeral and a “celebration of life.” Source: The Globe and Mail
NDP leader Jack Layton, who passed away yesterday morning after a battle with cancer, will be honoured with a state funeral on Saturday in Toronto. State funerals are only automatic in cases of current and former governors general, current and former prime ministers, and sitting members of cabinet; Prime Minister Stephen Harper thought it appropriate to offer a state funeral for Layton, an offer which Layton’s family accepted. The government protocol office is working with the NDP and Layton’s family on details. The last state funeral was on July 3, 2009, for former governor general Roméo LeBlanc. It was held in Memramcook, N.B. Source: CBC
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