The man, the myth, the mustache, Jack Layton died yesterday after a bought with a second type of cancer. He took the national New Democratic Party to heights never seen before. Going from civic politics in Toronto to national NDP leader without ever being elected nationally is a pretty huge accomplishment.
It's too bad that he will not be able to see this all through. No matter what you think of him, you have to agree he was very respected. He was passionate about what believed and he could make people want to vote for him not the NDP as a whole. Sure people said that his platform might cost money, but he was passionate about helping people.
You can't deny his character and the person he is. You don't have to like him, but you at least have to respect what he did. Not only politically, but Layton as a person. I respect what he accomplished politically and him as a person. He seemed so personable. The stories you hear make him seem down to earth. Canada lost one of it's greats. To further back this is the fact that they are giving Layton a state funeral which is this Saturday. Usually state funerals are reserved for prime ministers, governor generals, and cabinet ministers who died in office.
R.I.P. Jack Layton!