Jack Layton set out to convert the federal New Democratic Party into a governing party.
More than this, Layton aimed to be prime minister, to elect a government and to steer Canada towards mainstream social democracy -- a fairer, better, more equal Canada, one practical step at a time.
Layton aimed to modernize his party and its policies.
Layton aimed for a breakthrough in Quebec, the province of his birth -- and for badly needed breakthroughs everywhere and anywhere else in Canada. The federal NDP was in ashes when he assumed the leadership. He aimed to return to the work of Tommy Douglas, David Lewis and Ed Broadbent, successful predecessors with similar goals.
So how is that all working out, a year after his passing?