Parliament Hill was dominated by Jack Layton’s lying-in-state as he returned to the House of Commons foyer one last time.
Aaron Wherry sets the scene, and the CBC has further coverage, including a number of photos and a video of the members of the NDP caucus paying their respects.
Meanwhile, several people think that we should
break with tradition and posthumously bestow Layton with the title of "Right
Honourable." The title is normally given to prime ministers, governors general and chief justices of the Supreme Court of Canada. Under Mulroney, the title was granted to a number of eminent Canadians who did not hold any of the three supreme offices. Under our system, the designation, as with the Order of
Canada, cannot be given posthumously. Nevertheless, I’m sure that people will
Elsewhere, while visiting a
gold mine in the North, Harper pitched Arctic development.
And Statistics Canada says that for every
Canadian who takes transit to work, seven take cars. Seems as though Layton’s
successor will have work to do on that.