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Doer to be honorary pallbearer for Layton

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OTTAWA – Former Manitoba NDP Premier Gary Doer will be among the honorary pallbearers at the funeral for official Oppostion leader Jack Layton.

Doer, now the Canadian ambassador to Washington, will join former federal NDP leaders Ed Broadbent and Alexa McDonough, and former Layton chief of staff Bob Gallagher, as pallbearers at Saturday's funeral in Toronto.

Following his death, Doer remembered Layton as an extremely energetic and positive person.

Layton’s casket arrived in Ottawa this morning. He will lie in state in Parliament today and tomorrow.

His body will be flown back to Toronto, where it will lie in state at Toronto city hall Friday and on Saturday morning before the funeral Saturday afternoon.

Layton’s widow, Olivia Chow, and his children, Michael and Sarah, followed his casket into Parliament's Centre Block this morning. His two-year-old granddaughter Beatrice was also there.

Members of the public can pay their respects to Layton in person beginning this afternoon.

Condolence books are available for signing at the 103 NDP constituency offices across Canada, and online at the NDP website (www.ndp.ca).

Condolence books are available for signing at the 103 NDP constituency offices across Canada, and online at the NDP website (www.ndp.ca).

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