NDP Leader Jack Layton has been discharged from the hospital, five days after he went in for surgery to mend a hip fracture. “Following his surgery, he has been up and walking and making great progress in his rehabilitation,” Mount Sinai hospital said in a release. There have been suggestions Layton’s health woes, which include cancer treatments, could hurt his party’s chances if a snap election were called after the federal budget due March 22. But the NDP camp is confident that won’t be the case. “There’s no doubt Mr. Layton and the party will be ready if there’s a spring election,” says Karl Belanger, a spokesman for Layton.