Jack Layton statue to be unveiled today on Toronto waterfront

TORONTO – A bronze statue will be unveiled on the Toronto waterfront today in honour of Jack Layton on the second anniversary of the death of the federal NDP leader.

The statue is a gift from the Ontario Labour Federation and consists of a life-sized Layton sitting on the back seat of a tandem bicycle.

Visitors will be able to sit on the front seat to have their picture taken.

The OFL says today’s unveiling will coincide with the city’s renaming of the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal as the “Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.”

Layton died after a battle with cancer just months after leading his party to an unprecedented 103 seats in the May 2 federal election.

He was 61.

“No one will miss the significance of Jack riding in the back seat of the bicycle because Canadians know that Jack always had their back,” said OFL President Sid Ryan in a statement.

“We hope that this statue serves as a reminder of Jack’s positive message that inspired so many ordinary working people.”

Layton’s flag-draped coffin was carried into Parliament on Aug. 24 and lay in state for two days. A state funeral was held in Toronto on Aug. 27.