Teen leads vigil for Layton
Cora-Lee LeBlanc, 15, organized the march through downtown Halifax Thursday night.
Strumming her guitar, she led a procession of marchers three blocks long from the Public Gardens to Province House, where they placed flowers, candles and signs at the base of the Joseph Howe statue.
LeBlanc never met Layton, but the federal NDP leader left a big impression on her.
"He's one of the only Canadian politicians that I admire. He was a good man. He had good morals and ethics," she said.
About 200 people answered LeBlanc's rallying cry through Facebook and local radio.
"I knew Jack Layton through the lens of a camera, like millions of Canadians. But it was enough to bring me here tonight," said Melanie MacDonald.
Tony Tracy, with the Canadian Labour Congress, wasn't sure what to expect when he arrived at the gates to the Public Gardens. He was surprised to learn that a 15-year-old girl was leading the march.
"To find out that Cora-Lee, the organizer, is a young high school student, makes this event even more touching," Tracy said.
LeBlanc hopes the march sends a message to people her age.
"Some of my friends had no idea who Jack Layton was, and I wanted to continue on with what he was trying to do and encourage young people to get involved with their community," she said.
Layton died on Monday. A state funeral will be held on Saturday in Toronto.