Jack LAYTON

LAYTON, The Hon. Jack, P.C., B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Toronto--Danforth (Ontario)
Birth Date
July 18, 1950
Deceased Date
August 22, 2011
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Layton
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=878c4a88-aa8e-4e9a-961f-3829672d4dc0&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
professor

Parliamentary Career

June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
NDP
  Toronto--Danforth (Ontario)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
NDP
  Toronto--Danforth (Ontario)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
NDP
  Toronto--Danforth (Ontario)
May 2, 2011 - August 22, 2011
NDP
  Toronto--Danforth (Ontario)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (May 2, 2011 - August 22, 2011)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 334)


June 22, 2011

Hon. Jack Layton (Leader of the Opposition, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, New Democrats proposed and secured amendments regarding the mission in Libya, including an increase in humanitarian aid and that there would be a focus on strengthening our diplomatic role.

The House also made it very clear that the UN mandate would focus on protecting civilians, as the UN calls for, and working toward a ceasefire.

In light of the Italian foreign minister's call for an immediate suspension of hostilities to establish humanitarian corridors to deliver that aid, can the Prime Minister tell us if he has been in contact with our Italian allies to work toward that kind of a ceasefire?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Libya
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June 22, 2011

Hon. Jack Layton (Leader of the Opposition, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, it is critical that the people of Libya receive humanitarian aid. For that to happen quickly, it is essential that a ceasefire, even a temporary one, be called.

What concrete action has this government taken to ensure that humanitarian aid is actually getting to the Libyan people? What aid has Canada given to Libyan civilians to date?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Libya
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June 21, 2011

Hon. Jack Layton (Leader of the Opposition, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the employees of Canada Post used legitimate pressure tactics to defend their rights while continuing to deliver the mail. The response from Canada Post, which is owned by the government, was to lock the doors and suspend mail delivery. The special back-to-work legislation clearly takes the employer’s side.

The government and Canada Post came to an agreement in advance, did they not?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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June 21, 2011

Hon. Jack Layton (Leader of the Opposition, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, today is National Aboriginal Day, and New Democrats join in paying tribute to all first nations, Métis and Inuit people's cultures and traditions.

Three years after I joined with the Prime Minister to express our apologies for the residential school system, more clearly needs to be done. We need to build stronger relationships with aboriginal peoples and, on a nation-to-nation basis, reconcile their interests with those of all Canadians.

Would the Prime Minister share my assessment that Canada is moving too slowly?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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June 21, 2011

Hon. Jack Layton (Leader of the Opposition, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, this is not a strike called by the workers. It is a lockout imposed by the management of Canada Post. It is the government's mess.

Now it is forcing through legislation what it could not claw back through negotiation. With this bill, the government is imposing wages that are lower than what management was prepared to offer these workers who deliver our mail.

Is the Prime Minister signalling to workers that if they do not accept the first offer that is given by management, that the Conservatives will simply come and legislate something worse? How is that possibly to be considered fair?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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