CAW President Voices Support and Concern for NDP Leader

July 25, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

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Following NDP Leader Jack Layton's announcement that he would be temporarily stepping down as federal party leader due to health concerns, CAW President Ken Lewenza is expressing his support for Jack.

"Since Jack Layton took over at the helm of the federal NDP, he has brought new energy and a truly progressive vision for what could be accomplished in politics," said Lewenza. "He is a real friend to working people and those with few riches or privileges in this country."

On behalf of the CAW's 200,000 members right across Canada, Lewenza expressed his sincere concern for Layton's health and his hope for a strong recovery in the weeks and months ahead.

"I know that Jack's characteristic fighting spirit will serve him well as he works to overcome this new challenge to his health.  CAW members, like so many other Canadians, are supporting you in your battle with cancer."

Lewenza said that given the wealth of talent in the new NDP caucus, he has no doubt that the interim leader will be well-qualified to serve the party and the country. He sent his well wishes to the interim leader and the entire NDP caucus during this time.

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