Just a few months after leading the NDP to its greatest victory in federal politics, le bon Jack had the fruits of that victory suddenly snatched from him by death.
Did Jack Layton leave a political legacy. Did he change the face of Canadian politics?
Certainly his victory in the last federal election was historic. In addition he drove the Liberal party into a small redoubt from which they may never recover.
Layton, a Quebecker, celebrated Quebec nationalism. He talked about future taalks to bring Quebec into the constitution. He was open to stronger language laws in Quebec to protect the French language.
He expanded many times over the reach of the NDP party in Quebec.
He reduced the Bloc Quebecois to a parliamentary rump.
He established the NDP as the government-in-waiting in Ottawa.
Jack Layton’s political time was cut short. But it seems to me he accomplished much.
Did Jack Layton leave a political legacy?
What do you think?