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Jack Layton

NDP Leader Jack Layton's son to say next Friday if ...

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... he'll enter politics


TORONTO - The son of federal NDP Leader Jack Layton may be about to follow his father and grandfather into politics.

Michael Layton says he will announce a week from today whether he will run for Toronto City Council in Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina.

He says he's put out an invitation to friends, colleagues and other community activists to come together in celebration and that he has something exciting to tell them.

The 31-year-old deputy outreach director of Environmental Defence Canada says inferring that he's going to run from that "might be premature, it might be bang on."

Layton's spent the last couple of months speaking with residents' associations, community activists, park associations and business leaders to get a feel for what issues concern them and how he can represent those interests at city hall.

Layton says he's getting a "good feeling about things on the street" but says he hasn't made a final decision yet - that will come next Friday.

Politics runs in the family - his grandfather, Robert Layton, was aformer Conservative cabinet minister.


Source: Question (February 26,2010)

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