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Ten months in the life of Thomas Mulcair


January 28The budget we saw yesterday is a fiction, and again we will see the Liberals complicit in it over the next few months. This will make 45 times that they have voted in favour of the Conservatives and expressed confidence in them. We are entering the fourth year in which the neo-Conservatives, the most right-wing government in Canadian history, have been kept in power by a party with the word Liberal in its name. I can, however, assure the members of one thing: the people who voted Liberal last time, thinking—wrongly, as it turns out—that the party would actually stand up to the current Prime Minister, were all mistaken. Now these people have realized that they were conned. We, the members of the NDP, are calling on all those who wish to build a better country. We are urging them to join us, to work with us if they want to see a fairer, more egalitarian society when it comes to women’s rights.

Today. The NDP say they will vote to prop up the Conservative government this week and for some time – probably through the fall – if the Harper government follows through on promises to expand employment-insurance benefits. The New Democrats deputy leader, Thomas Mulcair, expressed his party’s inclination to keep Stephen Harper’s government alive until the employment-insurance money flows.


Ten months in the life of Thomas Mulcair

  1. Well this post PROVES that Wherry is nothing but a Conservative lap-dog! Why doesn't he ever point out the hypocrisy of the Conservatives?!?!?1!!!1

    (wait, something's amiss here…)

  2. Way to go Mulcair : I have been watching this guy on CPAC and so far of all the newbies in the House I have seen of late this guy just might have some mojo – I wonder what the rank and file NDP'ers think of him? any of you guys out there? =

    • He's stronger than any of the dopes on the Lib front benches

      • That seems like a very low standard nowadays.

    • It shows all the arrogance of the Liberals that they think they can win back Outremont by sending in one of their sponsorship scandal operatives to face off against the former Quebec Environment minister who was fired by Charest for refusing to sell a provincial park to one of Charest's buddies. Still, I wouldn't miss the fight for all the tea in China.

  3. Now i'm starting to feel a little sorry for the NdP… although partly inspired by fear (like 80%), their support of the gov't is only meant to make parliament work, right? As we've been fed like pablum, no one wants an election (nor did they a year ago except one, but hey we don't remember anything past last week)… So I'm sure they've got a new perspective on what Dion and more recently Ignatieff have gone through with this Harper guy. As to their claim that they are at least getting results for working families, i'd say the coalition/Liberal forced stimulus package of last winter/spring far exceeds the slim morsels currently being served by Mr. Narcissist.

    • And who was it who shut down the Coalition? Iggy, that's right

  4. Hold on a sec. If the NDP supports the EI reform don't they get something in return … something called EI reform?

    There is no paralell to what the Liberals did since the January 2008 budget. Under the questionable leadership of Michael Ignatieff, they passively handed over the votes of their 77 MPs for a shopping cart full of nothing.

    The NDP is making parliament work by getting results: $1 billion worth. The other is buying time for a Liberal leader who doesn't know what he's doing (See: Iraq, torture, EI and the HST in Ontario and BC).

    • They're getting a lot more than EI reform.

    • The Liberal support for the budget and allowing time for the implementation of the bulk of it allowed for billions and billions and billions of stimulus funding, as well as other, previous changes to employment insurance, to name but a few things.

      All the while, the NDP demanded the government be defeated because it couldn't be trusted and it didn't matter what they proposed or what they said they were bad for Canada and had to go and if you want real opposition support the New Democrats.

      And by the way, I seem to recall access being the main plank of the NDP EI demands. I seem to recall shrieks of horror and disdainful laughter when the Liberals during the summer indicated they would be willing to move off the 360 hours. The "NDP deal" does nothing at all for access; they've completely surrendered on that front.

      I'm sure the millions of people that don't qualify for EI will thank you for that.

  5. That was then and this is now. Only fools never change their mind. In January the Liberals could have overturned the Harper government and we could have had a progressive government. Now, if the Liberals got their way (and I'm about 99% certain that they don't actually want an election) we would end up with another strng Tory minority and possibly even a majority. Is it worth the risk?

  6. BloggingHorse raises a good point.

    If were going to play silly bananas, what about Liberal Finance critic John McCallum's comments the HST is “absolutely what the doctor ordered for the economy.” (National Post, March 27, 2009)

    This frank admission, of course, came months before Premier McGuinty told Ontarians that he had "secured Mr. Ignatieff's commitment to moving ahead with the single sales tax"

    This the same Michael Ignatieff who is deriding the HST as Harper's Sales Tax?

    Some balance, please, Mr. Wherry.


    • Ignatieff saying one thing to the public, and the opposite thing privately to McGuinty is not the sort of hypocracy that Mr.Wherry wants to cover.

      He would much rather call out the Finance Minister for saying nothing at all.

    • Quotes that start halfway through a sentence are priceless. Nothing like taking the context out of a sentence to make your point.

  7. I would assume the point is that the NDP, including Mr. Mulcair, have virtually no desire for an election, and thus must down climb down from the high horse they've been on for three years. While he's likely a decent enough fellow behind the scenes, Mr. Mulcair has been among the most obnoxious and beillgerent talking heads out there. It's fitting that he, like the NDP, are embarassed in the face of their own foolish rhetoric of the last few years.

  8. Wow – I haven't heard so many anti-ndp comments in a long time. You can sure tell who the Liberals out there are and they seem to getting frustrated more than likely becuase their numbers do not reflect what their original plan suggested they might and I bet that not many conservatives will be complaining – ROFL!

  9. Jean Charest must be laughing, after all Mulcair was squeezed out of the Quebec cabinet after running out of demagogic arguments over the Orford park fiasco, largely bungled by none other than Mulcair.

    Now Layton is stuck with Mulcair and he is just starting to realize what a trojan horse he has invited into his party. All Canadians will soon see for themselves a politician's politician. In any event, Mulcair has very little chance of conserving his seat whenever the next election comes.