Jack Layton To Lie In State In Ottawa

Friends, colleagues, staff and all those who admired and loved Jack Layton will have an opportunity to pay their final respects to him in Ottawa.

The Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition, will be lying in state on Parliament Hill from Wednesday August 24th to Thursday August 25th at 2:00pm.  There will also be visitation hours at Toronto City Hall.

There will be an opportunity for Members of Parliament and other dignitaries to visit starting at 11:00 am Wednesday morning. Visitation will be open to the public at 12:30 pm on Wednesday. A book of condolences will also be available for people to offer thoughts and prayers. 

In addition to the condolence book on parliament hill, people across Canada will be able to visit local NDP MPs offices to write a message of condolence and pay their respects. 

A ceremony celebrating the life of Mr. Layton will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto.