Singh pitches changing Toronto riding name to honour ‘happy warrior’ Jack Layton


NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party will seek to rename a Toronto riding to honour the legacy of Jack Layton, the former NDP leader who died of cancer 10 years ago Sunday. Singh made the announcement Sunday at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square, where he was joined by Mike Layton, a Toronto city councillor and the son of the late NDP leader. Before speaking to reporters, Singh scribbled a message in chalk on a wall filled with tributes to Layton on the anniversary of his passing. “We are going to carry the torch for you,” Singh wrote. New Democrats will introduce a bill after the election to push Elections Canada to rename the riding of Toronto–Danforth to Danforth–Layton, the NDP leader said. Layton represented the riding in the east end of Canada’s biggest city from 2004 until his death in 2011. Although the NDP won a byelection to fill the seat in 2012, it has been held by the Liberals since 2015.

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