"He was very principled. He would never allow anyone to say anything personal about our opponents."
Layton, occasionally referred to as "affable Jack," was nevertheless a combative partisan, at once critical of attack-style politics and a skilled practitioner of the art.
Square this circle.
Layton lost twice as a federal NDP candidate in Toronto in the 1990s, but in January 2003 — with a crucial endorsement from party icon Ed Broadbent — succeeded Alexa McDonough as the national leader of the New Democrats.
In May 2005, in a move Layton characterized as his greatest achievement as NDP leader prior to the 2011 election, he won agreement from Martin to shift $4.6 billion in proposed corporate tax cuts to $4.6 billion in spending on an array of NDP-backed social programs, environmental initiatives and other measures.
Sure. That pales beside MEDICARE.
Under Turmel, the party will be in free-fall.
What will be his tangible legacy?
Angry Ed divorced an Asian and married a White; Jack Layton divorced a White and married an Asian.