Layton’s casket arrives in Ottawa
Tears flowed Wednesday as Jack Layton arrived in the nation’s capital for the final time.
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)