Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

August 22, 2011 11:36 ET

Labour Movement Mourns Loss of Great Canadian

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2011) - "Ontario's labour movement is in shock and mourning today with news of the passing of a great Canadian, a giant of a leader, whose compassion, optimism, intellect and wisdom helped to shape Canada," says OFL President Sid Ryan.

"Our deepest condolences go out this morning to Jack's partner, Olivia Chow, his family and his NDP colleagues, all of whom constitute his 'second family'," says Ryan.

Known as an inspiration, a man who brought hope to Canadians – ordinary people who have dreams of a better life – Jack's unswerving vision for economic and social justice prompted millions of people to have hope for themselves and their childrens' future.

"He touched people at such a human and profound level and they touched him. He expressed the collective dreams of all of us through his policies, his political and personal work and his thousands of relationships."

"We are so deeply saddened at this loss. He was an incomparable leader and human being and we shall miss him greatly," says Ryan.

The OFL will issue a full statement later today.

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Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Sid Ryan
    OFL President
    416.209.0066

    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Lynn Simmons
    Communications
    416.668.7480