The Broadbent Institute wants to know how Jack Layton's message has inspired Canadians in the year since he lost his battle with cancer.
One year ago Wednesday Federal NDP leader Jack Layton told the country he was stepping down, "at least for now".
A "new form of cancer", he said, was discovered the week before and he would be unable to stand as the official Leader of the Opposition.
The news came in wake of his meteoric rise in popularity during the 2011 Federal election campaign, a campaign he started shortly after hip surgery.
In February 2010 he had also announced that he been diagnosed with prostate cancer but he said it would not interfere with his duties as leader of the New Democratic Party.
He proved himself a more-than capable leader during the 2011 leadership debates and, under his leadership, the party won 103 seats, more than double its previous high, in the 41st Canadian General Election on May 2, 2011.
Layton led his party and the Opposition for almost two months before Parliament rose for the summer on June 23.
By the end of the 2011 election campaign 97 percent of Canadians beleived Layton was the man who would make the best Prime Minister of Canada.
Sadly, on August 22, 2011, Layton lost his battle with cancer.
But he left behind a message of love, hope and optimism.