I doubt Layton and I would have agreed on much of anything. He was a tireless champion of causes I oppose, and I believed, and still do, that most of his policies in the last election were very bad ideas disguised as good ones.
And yet, I am a little saddened to see him gone. As I said repeatedly during the last campaign, he was the only leader of the three main parties who refused to indulge in attack ad campaigns, and who did not sling mud. His campaign was based on his policies, not on smears. Of the three, he and he alone was a class act. I wished, and still do, that the other leaders could have been a bit more like him.
Update: Although I did have some respect for the man, the tributes coming out are piling it deep and thick. Contrarian that I am, the tributes only remind me why I opposed the man. Sigh.