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Tom Mulcair, for the record: ‘The next chapter begins’

A full transcript of the NDP leader’s election night concession speech


 
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to supporters, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to supporters, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

A full transcript of NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s election night concession speech to supporters at the Palais des congrès in Montreal, Quebec:

Hon. Thomas Mulcair: Merci. Merci beaucoup. Merci. Merci beaucoup. Mes amis, mes amis, depuis le début, cette élection porte sur le changement, et ce soir, les Canadiens ont tourné la page sur 10 longues années et ils ont rejeté la politique de la peur et de la division.

Et les Canadiens ont demandé au NPD de continuer d’être porteur de l’espoir et de l’optimisme qui caractérise notre parti.

Tonight, my thoughts are with the extraordinary people I’ve met across this country, the people who are counting on us as New Democrats: the First Nations women I met in Saskatoon who knew we could be relied on to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and to lead the way to eliminate violence against women; the former auto worker I met in Essex who had lost his good-paying manufacturing job and was worried for the future of his kids; the grandmother I met in a seniors’ home in Brossard who held out so much hope for the next era of Medicare. I want you to know that we will work for you each and every day in this new majority Parliament.

Il est évident qu’il existe des différences majeures entre nos partis respectifs. Au cours des 78 derniers jours, l’accent a été mis sur ces différences pour permettre aux Canadiens de faire un choix, et aujourd’hui, les Canadiens ont fait ce choix et nous l’acceptons en toute humilité.

Moments ago, I spoke with Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Harper, Mr. Duceppe and Ms. May. Despite our many differences on policy and on the way politics should be conducted, I thanked Mr. Harper for his service to our country. I congratulated Mr. Trudeau on his exceptional achievement for both him and his party. In this campaign, Mr. Trudeau made ambitious commitments to Canadians, and Canadians will have high expectations for their next Parliament.

Related transcripts:
Justin Trudeau: ‘We beat fear with hope’
Stephen Harper: ‘It has been an unbelievable honour’
Elizabeth May: ‘I have a smile on my face’
Gilles Duceppe: ‘Le Québec que j’aime, c’est vous.’

Les députés néo-démocrates vont se mettre au service des Canadiens en travaillant avec les autres parlementaires pour bâtir l’avenir que nous souhaitons tous pour nos enfants et nos petits-enfants. C’est ce à quoi les gens s’attendent de nous. Nous allons nous tenir debout pour vos communautés. Nous allons nous battre pour vos emplois, pour vos familles. Nous allons lutter pour protéger l’environnement.

We will be unwavering in our pursuit of better health care for Canadians. We will stand strong in our fight against climate change and to protect our land, air and water. And we will be resolute in our efforts to build a true nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It’s on these priorities and on many more that New Democrats will make real and lasting progress in this new Parliament. With this election, Canadians have asked us all to work for them. We will not let them down.

Je veux remercier, d’abord, les électeurs d’Outremont d’avoir renouvelé leur confiance en moi aujourd’hui. Et je veux remercier tous les candidats et les candidates qui ont fait campagne avec courage sous la bannière du NPD. Je ne pourrais être plus fier du travail accompli.

I could not be more proud of the diversity and strength of our NDP team, as Rebecca minded us, and that the work you have accomplished to build our party will carry us for years to come.

We ran in this election with the most women and the most indigenous candidates, not just in the history of our party, but in the history of Canada. This is something that makes me immensely proud.

À Catherine, avec qui je partage ma vie depuis plus de 40 ans, un merci infini pour ton amour, ta gentillesse et ton soutien constant. Merci à nos fils, Matt et Greg et leur conjointe Jasmyne et Catherine et à nos petits-enfants Juliette et Raphael. Je ne pourrais jamais vous remercier assez pour votre appui et votre amour.

To New Democrats here tonight and in every community across this country, thank you for your hard work, your dedication to our cause and your steadfast hope and optimism. My friends, New Democrats have historic contributions to build this country, whether it’s Medicare or Old Age Security, and we will continue.

Ce soir, on a démontré qu’au Québec les racines du NPD continuent de se développer, et dorénavant, le NPD sera toujours pour les Québécois un choix réel.

As a party with established roots in all corners of this country and deep roots right here in Quebec, the next chapter begins in our effort to build a better Canada.

Thank you.

Merci. On continue.


 

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