NDP Leader Jack Layton is "up walking" and in "great spirits" two days after undergoing hip surgery at a Toronto hospital, the party says.

Layton mentioned the "incredible" care he's received during his recovery, a "reminder of the great health-care system we have in Canada," the NDP said in a statement Sunday.

"He has heard from hundreds of Canadians sending well wishes over the last few days and is grateful for all their kind words."

In an exclusive interview with CBC Radio's The House, recorded before the surgery and broadcast Saturday, Layton insisted he would be healthy enough for a federal election campaign — should one be triggered.


NDP Leader Jack Layton arrives on crutches at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday. Layton underwent successful hip surgery on Friday in Toronto. ((Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) )

The NDP said Layton also spoke with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff before his surgery. He has since had visits at Mount Sinai Hospital from close friends and family, including his granddaughter, Beatrice.

"He read her a book and even put some of her colourful artwork up on the wall," the party said.