'Very emotional week' since Layton's death: Harper
The funeral procession for the late NDP leader Jack Layton leaves City hall for Roy Thomson Hall, in Toronto on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Saturday, August 27, 2011 1:56PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 5:47AM EDT
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he hopes the state funeral bestowed on Jack Layton has been of some comfort to his friends and family.
Harper says the week-long ceremonies have given Canadians the chance to honour and express gratitude for Layton's contribution to public life.
Before entering Roy Thomson Hall for Layton's funeral, Harper said it has been an "extraordinary and very emotional week."
Gov.-Gen. David Johnston also stopped to say a few words, saying it's a time of mourning, but "also a time to celebrate a remarkable life of leadership."
Johnston says it's important to have a "clear and passionate voice for the ordinary person and that was Layton.
Former prime minister Paul Martin says everyone was very touched by Layton's passion for public life and his belief in the future of Canada.