Jack Layton Gets Commons to Approve Motion for State Funeral

Great Job Jack!    I am very proud to have a federal NDP card in my pocket today.

Commons approves motion for state funeral

Updated Tue. Nov. 21 2006 11:24 AM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

The House of Commons voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of an NDP motion asking the government to sponsor a full state funeral when the last First World War veteran passes away.

Only three surviving First World War veterans – Dwight (Percy) Wilson, 105, and Lloyd Clemett and John Babcock, both 106 – are still alive.

NDP Leader Jack Layton said the government should recognize that a state funeral would celebrate “the contribution of a whole generation of Canadians who served, whether overseas or here at home and their families as well.”

Layton told CTV’s Canada AM on Tuesday morning that the funeral would allow the entire country to pay tribute to all those who served during the First World War.

Source: CTV.ca | Commons approves motion for state funeral