Even non-NDP voters in my experience have never had anything really horrible to say about the man, he was just a man of the people... Something every politician wants to be seen as.
This was not only his image but who he was.
I have met Jack in passing and he always brought life to the room he was in. I saw him speak at Yonge & Dundas square back in University and was amazed how one man could truly identify with all the different demographics in attendance - it was a protest for uranium drilling in a small town in northern Ontario
He was a great sport; I heard him a few times as a guest on the Dean Blundell show on the Edge in Toronto before elections and supporting Movember.
I think all Canadians thought of Jack Layton and the NDP as one in the same... No Jack, means no NDP.
Overall, Jack Layton was a great person who was a proud Canadian and improved the lives of everyone he met.
My condolences go out to Jack and his family and friends - he was a great figure on the Canadian political landscape and will truly be missed.