Hundreds of Torontonians including, labour activists, joined family members of the late Jack Layton for the recent unveiling of a statue which honours the memory of one of the most admired, loved and inspiring leaders in Canadian history.
The former New Democratic Party leader, himself an avid cyclist, was memorialized in a life-size bronze statue sitting on the back seat of a tandem bicycle which allows visitors to sit on the front seat for photographs or just for fun.
The City of Toronto donated the waterfront spot where the statue is erected, right next to the newly renamed Jack Layton Toronto Ferry Docks through which thousands of families pass each year to take a ferry to the Toronto Island parklands. The funds for the project were raised by union members (most notably from UFCW Canada locals1000A and 175 & 633), community groups and individuals across Canada.
“The memorial is a fitting tribute to an individual and a leader who made such a difference to the lives and in the hearts of so many families across our great country,” said UFCW Canada National President, Wayne Hanley. “Jack truly believed in love, hope and optimism – in his own life, and in his vision for Canada.”