After not having a presence on Laurentian University’s campus for several years, the Young New Democrats club has officially been ratified at the Sudbury school.

Interim president Robert McCarthy said he started the club to represent the NDP values on campus.

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The interim president of the Young New Democrats club at Laurentian University says NDP leader Jack Layton's final public words inspire him to push forward with Layton's dreams. (Amy Dodge/CBC)

"I fully support their principles of social justice, greater income equality, support for the LGBT community in Canada, and a whole host of other issues,” he said.

The young Liberals and the young Greens are also represented on campus, but the conservatives haven't officially formed a club just yet.

McCarthy said Jack Layton's final public letter confirmed his political ambitions.

"It just gave me rejuvenated energy to push forward to achieve Jack Layton's dream of love, hope and optimism going forward,” he said.