As a bagpiped lament filled the air, an honour guard of Mounties carried the late NDP leader’s Canadian-flag-draped casket from a hearse into a foyer of Parliament, where he will lie in state for the next two days.
The hearse carrying Layton, who died Monday after his second battle with cancer, arrived from Toronto after an hours-long drive, to a crowd of hundreds who had shown up to pay their respects.
After the RCMP officers put the casket in place in the foyer outside the House of Commons, the line soon began for those giving their condolences to Layton’s wife, MP Olivia Chow, and family, as they also signed the condolences book.
Photo: Members of the RCMP carry the coffin containing Jack Layton into the Center Block of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Aug. 24, 2011. (Patrick Doyle/Reuters)
The Slave Lake Fire Department proudly flies a giant Canadian flag from their ladder truck, May 25, 2011. (John Lucas/Edmonton Journal)
Slave Lake residents prepare to head home Surrounded by firefighters, police officers and local politicians, the mayor of Slave Lake finally said Wednesday what the evacuees of her fire-ravaged town have been waiting anxiously to hear — they can go home.
Q&A: Slave Lake mayor on getting the town back Ten days after a wildfire destroyed one third of Slave Lake, Alta., 7,000 evacuees were told Wednesday they could begin returning to their homes. Mayor Karina Pillay-Kinnee spoke to the Post by phone from the town’s newly-opened Support Centre just minutes after making the announcement.