A life in politics

The CBC has uploaded video of Jack Layton on the National in 1985.

Laura Stone talks to some of those who visited Nathan Phillips Square this evening and the late NDP leader is toasted with drinks in Sudbury and a picnic in Ottawa.

The Globe and Mail editorial board considers his legacy.

With public cynicism running high, the chord that he struck with many Canadians in his final months and in his passing was a reminder that – with the right combination of decency, optimism, perserverence and grace – it is still possible for our politicians to inspire. Without painting over the more worrisome aspects of his record, that is well worth remembering.