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Jack Layton statue to be unveiled today

08/22/2013 06:10 EDT | Updated 10/22/2013 05:12 EDT
A bronze statue will be unveiled on Toronto’s waterfront today in honour of Jack Layton on the second anniversary of the death of the federal NDP leader.

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- Special report: The death and legacy of Jack Layton.

The statue is a gift from the Ontario Labour Federation and features of a life-sized Layton sitting on the back seat of a tandem bicycle.

Visitors will be able to sit on the front seat to have their picture taken.

The OFL says today's unveiling will coincide with the city's renaming of the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal as the "Jack Layton Ferry Terminal."

Layton’s family — including his wife, Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow and Toronto city Coun. Mike Layton — will attend a ceremony planned for just before 12 noon ET.

Layton died after a battle with cancer just months after leading his party to an unprecedented 103 seats in the May 2 federal election.

He was 61.

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