I just heard this morning, that longtime NDP Leader Jack Layton passed away today, after a wrenching fight with cancer. This was the fight that, in more ways than one, cut short his time as the first leader of the New Democratic Party to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Canada.
While I am not an NDP supporter, and occasionally had my issues with Jack Layton as a politician, there's no disputing that a man who turned the NDP from obscurity to the largest single opposition party in Canadian history, had his talent as a leader. Whatever your political stripe, this man should have struck you as a passionate leader, and a true Canadian in every sense of the word.
Rest in Peace, Jack.