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CPAWS regrets passing of Jack Layton, passionate voice for conservation

  • Published on Aug 22 2011 |
  • This article is tagged as: nahanni

Jack Layton and Olivia Chow canoe the Nahanni River in 2006. Photo: NDP Handout

The board and staff of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society wish to express their deepest sympathies to the family of Jack Layton, who led the New Democratic Party for eight years, upon learning of his untimely death earlier today.

“Jack Layton was a passionate voice for nature conservation. He offered strong and vocal support for the expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve, and the establishment of other  recent national parks and marine conservation areas, such as Gwaii Haanas. In recent years, his commitment to  protecting such places helped to ensure that they were brought to the foreground of the federal agenda,” says CPAWS Board President Oliver Kent.

“We deeply appreciate the contribution that Jack Layton made to our country. It will last forever in the form of our recently established and expanded national parks and marine protected areas. We also appreciate Jack Layton’s deep commitment to making Canada a better place in every way,” adds  Kent.

"As a non-partisan organization we work with politicians of all political parties. Some stand out in every party as true champions of wilderness conservation. Mr Layton was one of those politicians who didn't just nod politely when we met with him - he truly believed that Canada needed to protect our natural treasures, and he acted on it," adds Kent.

"We wish Olivia Chow, Mr Layton's widow, strength in the days ahead. Ms Chow shares Mr Layton's passion for conservation, and we are certain that she will help to keep alive the spirit he imbued in his work."