Jack Layton: There was no other Canadian who dominated headlines the way he did in 2011.

Jack Layton: There was no other Canadian who dominated headlines the way he did in 2011.

Layton led his party to Official Opposition status in the spring, decimating the Bloc Quebecois in Quebec and leaving the Liberal Party holding a mere 34 seats in the House of Commons. His death this summer resulted in an outpouring of support from across the country, and Canada said goodbye to Jack at a rare state funeral.

It's no surprise that Layton was named the Newsmaker of the Year by editors and news directors from across the country for the Canadian Press. He received over 90 per cent of the vote. Stephen Harper came in second with five per cent. 

The Canadian Press and Yahoo! Canada polled the public as well. Their support to name Layton Newsmaker of the Year was no less than that of the industry professionals. 

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Read the story from the Canadian Press here.

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