The following letter is from our frequent contributor, William Perry. I have to say that more often than not I disagree with Perry, however, today he has expressed some of my thoughts very well.
Jack Layton demonstrated his political skill in taking advantage of the opportunity provided by the Liberals and Bloc. He developed his party into a mass movement and used a combination of his popular support and behind-the-scenes intrigue to propel himself into the official opposition. Furthermore, he raised the profile of national socialism, showed how a modern “civilized” country could behave, and created a virtual certainty that he would be misjudged by opponents. His shoes will not be easily filled.
Rest in Peace Mr Layton. You will be missed.