Today on Q, we present a feature interview with NDP political strategist Brad Lavigne, who was viewed as former New Democrat leader Jack Layton's right-hand man. Layton died of cancer in August 2011 at the age of 61 in Toronto, just months after elevating his party to become Official Opposition.
Lavigne has fond memories of Layton, and the camera loved him, too. Scroll through a photo gallery of Layton for highlights from his career.
*The full audio from the interview will be uploaded after the broadcast
Jack Layton attends a Star Trek convention in Toronto in the early 1990s. (Scott Rogers)
Jack Layton with his cane in Ottawa in April 11, 2011. (Blair Gable/Reuters)
A skeletal, raspy-voiced Layton Jack Layton speaks at a news conference in Toronto on Monday, July 25, 2011. Already battling prostate cancer, he stepped aside as leader to devote all his remaining energy to fight a second unspecified - and ultimately more deadly - form of the scourge. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)
NDP leader Jack Layton gives the thumbs up after taking a bite at the famous Schwartz's smoked meat sandwich during a campaign stop Thursday, April 14, 2011 in Montreal.(JJacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)
New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, left, and his wife Olivia Chow takes part in the Gay Pride Parade Toronto, July, 3, 2011. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
Canada's New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 13, 2011. (Blair Gable/Reuters)
Canada's New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton kisses his wife, Olivia Chow, at his federal election night headquarters in Toronto, May 2, 2011. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters)
New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton leaves a town hall meeting with supporters during a campaign stop in Toronto April 26, 2011. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)
Jack Layton appears in Toronto council chambers circa 1986. He would later trim the bushy hair and replace the glasses with contacts, a makeover that fuelled press speculation he had designs on higher office. (CBC)
NDP Leader Jack Layton waits to speak to the crowd at Sikh Khalsa Parade celebrations at Queen's Park in Toronto April 24, 2011. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters)
NDP Leader Jack Layton speaks to students at the Universite de Montreal, Tuesday, September 22, 2009 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)