Jack Layton was a tireless and down-to-earth champion for social justice, homelessness, equality and personal liberty.
His tenacity and energy has never been seen before in Canadian politics, for which he will be sorely missed. Although we can never replace Jack Layton, all progressive politicians can honour his vision by continuing his call to action for love, hope and optimism.
Jared Evans, Vancouver
Mr. Layton should be remembered as a leader who has played a greater role in bringing a lot of Quebec separatists into his party to work for the unity of the country — something no other politician did. At a time when right-wing politics have been gaining momentum, Mr. Layton managed to win big in the last election, showing that Canadians still believe in a more balanced approach. He was a man of greater charisma, a man of hope and justice and a leader who did not look down at the man of the street but looked at everyone with the respect each one deserved.
Abubakar Kasim, Toronto