"I salute the courage (Jack Layton) continues to show in his fight against cancer. I wish Jack a successful recovery," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on his Twitter account.
He said he has requested that NDP President Brian Topp convene a meeting of the party's federal council to appoint an interim leader. Layton said he will recommend Hull Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel, national chairperson of the NDP caucus, for the job.
Layton said he intends to resume his duties as NDP leader when Parliament meets on Sept. 19.
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of my doctors, I am going to focus on treatment and recovery," he said in a raspy voice.
Canadians wanting to message Layton can also send their well wishes at a website set up by the NDP.
"All we can say is we wish him the very best for his recovery and I guess on a personal level I think he is making the right decision to take a complete break from politics," he told CTV News Channel. "Obviously, this has got to be is focus."
win more seats than it ever had in its history, buoyed in good measure by Layton's personal popularity.
A frail looking Jack Layton has announced he is taking a leave of absence from his party's leadership to fight a "new form of cancer" that requires immediate treatment.
Liberal interim leader Bob Rae said he was "deeply saddened by the news.
"I think he told us what we need to know," Topp told CTV News Channel. "He is aware of the influence that an important national figure has to people when he talks about his health."
The NDP leader, stunning many in the room with his gaunt appearance and hoarse voice, made the announcement at a hotel in Toronto with his wife Olivia Chow at his side.
Green Leader Elizabeth May said on Twitter that she was "praying for (Layton's) full recovery. As are all Canadians."
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Layton insisted he was "hopeful and optimistic about the personal battle that lies before me in the weeks to come."
Many in the Canadian public have also taken to Twitter to offer their best wishes and support to the ailing NDP leader. "Jack Layton" became a trending topic in Canada Monday afternoon.
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His last public appearance was at Toronto's Gay Pride parade on July 3, but he sat in a rickshaw for the event, instead of walking along the crowd as he usually does.
He did not specify what form of the disease he was now battling but said he Nike Air Max Tavas Red And Grey received the final test results only last week.
Layton has decided not to disclose the specifics of his disease, unlike when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
He explained that while his battle with prostate cancer has been going "very well," he began experiencing pain in the closing days of the last parliamentary session. Medical tests revealed a second form of cancer.
"Your support and well wishes are so appreciated. Thank you. I will fight this and beat it," Layton responded on his Twitter account.
Layton has battled health problems for close to two years. He was diagnosed in February, 2010, with prostate cancer and then incurred a broken hip in the spring, just before the start of the federal election campaign.
"She's an experienced national leader in both official languages and she will do an excellent job as our national leader interim leader," he said.
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Layton's announcement was met with well wishes from his opponents in Ottawa.
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