I was absolutely impressed by Jack Layton as he rose to national prominence this past election. I saw him as a foil to Stephen Harper and to whomever the Liberals finally choose to lead that party (if they ever get it together again.) And as someone who could have been a great prime minister someday.
But sadly, his battle with cancer was lost very quickly this summer and Canada is left much poorer for that.
Update: Read his last letter to Canadians.