Mulcair paints Liberals, Tories as identical corrupt, entitled twins


SASKATOON – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is making a concerted effort to paint the Liberals and the Conservatives as two old peas in the same corrupt, entitled, unaccountable pod.

In a speech Wednesday to an NDP caucus retreat, Mulcair didn’t mention Justin Trudeau directly.

But the subtext was clear: don’t be fooled into thinking that the shiny new Liberal leader heralds a different way of doing politics.

He asserted that Canadians have only one option — the NDP — if they want to put an end to “politics as usual.”

Asked later why he refused to mention Trudeau’s name, Mulcair was scathing.

“You’d have to point to something that Justin Trudeau’s ever done, for me to be able to mention him,” he scoffed.

In contrast to Trudeau, who has said “he won’t have much to say between now and the next election” on economic policy, Mulcair said the NDP “is talking straight up about serious, concrete things.”

He then proceeded to underline his point by reiterating some key NDP economic policies, promising to roll back corporate tax reductions to bring the tax rate more in line with that in the United States and to scrap the Conservative plan to hike the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 67.

And he ruled out increasing any personal income taxes, including imposing a tax on the wealthiest Canadians in a bid to shrink the increasing income gap between rich and poor.

“It is our intention to increase corporate taxes but I’m categorical we will not increase individual taxes. … I’m categorical on that: no increases in personal taxes under our administration.”

Mulcair promised to unveil more NDP policies “well in advance of the next election,” with costing verified by experts. A pan-Canadian energy strategy will be released this fall, he added.

Liberals have vaulted into the lead in most polls since Trudeau took the helm in April, relegating the NDP to its traditional third-place slot.

After barely acknowledging his existence for five months, Mulcair has recently gone on the offensive against Trudeau, evidently concluding that he can no longer wait for the Liberal leader’s extended honeymoon to peter out on its own.

In his speech Wednesday, Mulcair repeatedly accused the Liberals of being no better or different from the Conservatives on a host of fronts: Senate corruption, income inequality, climate change, protecting their entitlements and their corporate friends.

He referred to the two parties as “old-line parties of the past.”

Mulcair seemed particularly intent on casting doubt on Trudeau’s stated priority to improve the lot of struggling middle-class families.

Over the last 35 years, Mulcair said, the wealthiest Canadians have seen their incomes grow while the average Canadian family’s income has fallen by seven per cent.

“Now, the Liberals may hope that Canadians forget their record, they may hope that enough time has passed,” Mulcair said.

“But over those same 35 years, 94 per cent of the income inequality that we’ve experienced in Canada has happened under Liberal governments, not Conservative. You heard that right — 94 per cent.”

He accused both Liberals and Conservatives of having “idly watched a generation of good, full-time jobs disappear.”

On the Senate expenses scandal, Mulcair said the issue isn’t just about individual senators claiming living and travel expenses to which they weren’t entitled.

“It’s about the revolving red and blue doors of Liberal and Conservative entitlement and corruption,” he said.

“The fact is, Ottawa is broken. And while the Liberals simply wait for their turn at the trough, the NDP is still the only party that will fix it.”

The NDP has long called for abolition of the Senate.

“While the old parties fight to protect their entitlements and their well-connected friends, Canadian families are struggling like never before,” he said.

Mulcair further accused Conservatives, “just like the Liberals before them,” of gutting rules meant to protect the public, allowing industry to regulate itself in sensitive matters such as food safety, the environment and rail transport.

And he said neither party has done anything to tackle the threat of climate change.

“New Democrats know it’s time to chart a different course. And unlike the old-line parties of the past, we’re actually going to deliver,” he said.


Mulcair paints Liberals, Tories as identical corrupt, entitled twins

  1. Finally Mulcair is taking the fight to Trudeau : this is when things get interesting – 2015 is going to be considerably different than the previous several elections – there will be no ABC .. no talking of cooperation and or a one time only deal and certainly no merger between the NDP and the Lib’s – alll of this non sense has been put to bed and now the real fight begins as Mulcair knows all too well – if you do not like Harper the decision is now very simple ‘ who to repace him with ‘ and until the avergae canadian voter that lives in the suburbs from Toronto heading out west which is now the power seats in canada decides – the Laurention Liberlas have disappeared and the Manley Liberals have lost their mojo – the Liberals now as a party are toast completely and utterly and are running on star power and name recognition alone which almost never works – a lot of people are parking their votes with Trudeau and have no intention of actually voting for him – this includes me – several times now when polled on phone I am 100% TRUDEAU – any time on web forums I thumb up anything postive for Trudeau – however no way would I ever vote for him .. have a little more sense than that by the time you get be 60 – – right now we Tories are having a gas and can’t wait for the next election because make no mistake about it folks Mulcair is going to devour the Kid and the Harper throw the remains to the side of the road as they should be :) – hang onto your hats folks it aint gonna be purty !!!

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