Toronto Island ferry terminal to commemorate Jack Layton
June 11, 2012 by Martin
Toronto city council just voted to rename one of the city’s ferry terminals in honour of the late Jack Layton, former leader of the federal NDP party. Mr. Layton died last year, succumbing to cancer, at the age of 61, while on a leave of absence.
Jack Layton began his political career in Toronto as a city councillor in 1982, winning a surprising upset against a long-time politician. He later served as a councillor for Metropolitan Toronto, and ran for Mayor but was unsuccessful. In 2003, he switched his focus to federal politics, winning a seat in the Toronto-Danforth riding and became the leader of the federal New Democratic Party. He lead the NDP to an historical win in 2011, with the NDP gaining 103 seats and becoming the Official Opposition in the House of Commons for the first time in its history.
A long time resident of Toronto, the Toronto Islands was one of Jack Layton’s favourite destinations, along with his wife, NDP Member of Parliament Olivia Chow. Jack Layton’s ashes were scattered on the Toronto Islands following his funeral last year. Renaming a ferry terminal on the Toronto Islands is appropriate for someone who stood out amongst politicians, said Mayor Rob Ford.
The re-naming of the ferry terminal will result in new graphics and logo for flyer printing. Printing companies may be asked to incorporate colour or greyscale images of Jack Layton in the design of new schedules and promotional material for the Toronto Islands.