Thursday, January 05, 2006

A Message from the Governor General

Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on the death of Irving Layton
OTTAWA, Jan. 5 /CNW Telbec

"Irving Layton was able to touch the depths of people's souls through his works. His skills with the pen earned him the Governor General's Literary Award and the Order of Canada, as well as many other forms of literary recognition around the world. Yet his most precious legacy lies in those people he has touched and the lives he has changed. Some have called him a friend, others a colleague, and still others called him teacher and mentor. To Canadians, though, he will be remembered as a writer who stood for his principles and who, like a true Canadian, stood up for what he believed.

He lived his life with a passion and a love that will be sorely missed by his family, by his friends and by all who admired his works. My husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I wish to join with all Canadians in expressing our sadness and condolences on the loss of this great wordsmith and icon of Canadian literature."

Michaelle Jean


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