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Jack Layton's ashes scattered in hometown of Hudson, Que.

A cedar tree grows in honour of Jack Layton at a cemetery in Hudson, Que. A portion of the late NDP leader's ashes were scattered in a family plot alongside the grave of his father Robert, a cabinet minister in Brian Mulroney's government.

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Jack Layton's ashes were scattered Sunday in a family plot at a cemetery in his hometown of Hudson, Que., alongside the graves of his father Robert, a former Mulroney cabinet minister, and his maternal grandparents.

The NDP leader's widow, Toronto MP Olivia Chow, was there with his children, Sarah and Michael, who planted a cedar tree in his memory. About 50 people attended, including Mr. Layton's mother Doris, his siblings, local NDP MP Jamie Nicholls and Interim NDP Leader Nycole Turmel.

His family is also planning to scatter a portion of his ashes on Toronto's Algonquin Island, where he and Ms. Chow were married in 1988. A third portion of his ashes will be interred at the Toronto Necropolis.

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Mr. Layton died in August of an as-yet undisclosed form cancer. In May's federal election, he led the NDP to Official Opposition status for the first time in its history.

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