This is Canada.
One of my favourite songs, written by Canadian Leonard Cohen, sung by Canadian Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies, at the funeral of Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition.
No matter what the political flavour, the most common refrain this week was about how GOOD Jack Layton was. And he is gone too soon.
One indication of how respected, how liked he was: this was a state funeral, which is determined at the discretion of our Prime Minister, who was Mr. Layton's polar opposite and political enemy.
Good-bye, Mr. Layton. This country is poorer for your loss.