Upon news of the passing of much beloved and highly respected, the Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and newly elected Official Opposition in the Parliament of Canada; Bishop Bagrat Galstanian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Canada conveyed his sympathies to his wife, Mrs. Olivia Chow and the Layton family, on behalf of the Diocese and the Armenian faithful throughout Canada.

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Dear Layton Family,

We are saddened to know of the passing of Jack Layton. Canada has lost a great man, a joyful, dedicated and passionate advocate for its people.

On behalf of the Armenian Apostolic Church Canadian Diocese, its Diocesan Council, the Clergy and the faithful throughout Canada, I extend my deepest condolences to you Mrs. Layton, his children, Sarah and Michael and family and all those who loved him dearly. We share in your sorrow for the loss of this truly remarkable man, who endured his challenging illness throughout his efforts to further his lifelong hopes for the wellbeing of his fellow citizens.

May your family find comfort and solace in the life and memories you have shared and may God grant you peace to fill your hearts with blessings.<