MPs from all political parties proved today they can actually put partisanship aside and stand in solidarity with one of their own. They are almost all wearing blue ties or scarves in recognition of Prostate Cancer Canada and NDP leader Jack Layton, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December and is currently undergoing treatment.
Layton was lauded for his courage in going public with his personal health problems and drawing attention to the need for early detection and treatment for the disease.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper said "we are delighted to stand in solidarity with the leader of the NDP," and said he was pleased to see how good Layton looks.
"He’s looking even better in that blue tie," Harper said, referencing of course that the ties are the colour of the Conservative party.
Layton joked earlier in the day his father – a former Conservative MP – would be proud.
Prior to his first question in the house, Layton said thank you to MPs for the support and received a standing ovation.
"Maybe we can create some consensus on a few other things here," he said.
The likelihood of that was pretty apparent in the response of MPs, including Layton’s own, to his statement.
They burst out laughing.