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International President Loeb’s Statement on Jack Layton’s Passing

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NEW YORK, NY – Upon hearing of the death of NDP Leader Jack Layton, International President Matthew D. Loeb stated, “Jack Layton defended working families with vigour and determination. He exuded optimism, compassion, and love of country. His doggedness took the labour movement to unprecedented heights.”

In a career that took him through municipal, provincial and federal governments, Jack Layton was a determined advocate for working people, communities and the environment. President Loeb continued, “Jack was truly a man of the people. As CBC journalist Greg Weston stated, ‘How many other political leaders are known by their first name?’

In an open letter released to Canadians upon his death, Mr. Layton said, “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” Continued President Loeb, “Canada has lost a great Canadian.”

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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