Regardless of your political affiliations there are few who will not agree that Jack Layton was a well respected individual and above all, the quintessence of leadership. His achievements elevate him to a level beyond reproach and his dedication and commitment, simply indisputable.
The Globe and Mail reported this morning, Opposition Leader Jack Layton dead at 61. All hopes that he could resume his leadership role in September are gone, replaced by a sense of loss shared by millions across the country and afar.
Jack Layton may be gone but he leaves a legacy, a personal brand and a political brand that will live on for generations and one which will undoubtedly inspire many future leaders, for Jack Layton is the quintessence of leadership. He will be missed but never forgotten.