A celebration of life (II) - Macleans.ca

A celebration of life (II)


The full details as per an official note sent out just now.

Canadians are invited to pay their respects to the Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition and Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.

The Lying-in-State for Mr. Layton will take place in the foyer of the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25. It will be open to the public from 12:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Canadians can also pay tribute to Mr. Layton as he lies in repose at Toronto City Hall on Friday, August 26 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, August 27 beginning at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2011, at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. For more information on the State Funeral or to convey condolences to Mr. Layton’s family, Canadians can visit www.commemoration.gc.ca.


A celebration of life (II)

  1. Yeah, they are totally going to have to extend those hours.

  2. “However, these tests, whose results I received just last week, also indicate that I have a new cancer – non-prostate cancer – that’s going to require further treatment.

    So, on the advice of my doctors, I’m going to focus on treatment and recovery. I will therefore be taking a temporary leave of absence as leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada.”


    Less than a month ago, Layton released a statement temporarily resigning as leader. 

    Now, a few weeks later, Layton has died. 

    What happened? What kind of cancer kills people less than a month after diagnosis?

    • What happened? What kind of cancer kills people less than a month after diagnosis?

      I’m pretty sure it’s not all that uncommon for cancer to sometimes kill people BEFORE diagnosis, let alone a month AFTER diagnosis.  I’m certain there have been many people who appeared to be perfectly healthy right up until the moment their undiagnosed cancer killed them, and it wasn’t until the autopsy that the cancer was discovered.  Given that it’s possible with some cancers for the first visible symptom to be death, I don’t think it’s at all odd that somneone might die of cancer a month after the first visible symptoms appeared.