Thomas Mulcair's first question -

Thomas Mulcair’s first question


From his scrum after QP, Mr. Mulcair explains his decision to make jobs and employment the focus of his first question as opposition leader.

Throughout our campaign, we’ve been concentrating on jobs. We’ve been concentrating on the failure of the Conservatives to apply basic rules of sustainable development. That’s had a devastating effect on the manufacturing sector, a loss of hundreds of thousands of good paying manufacturing jobs, the attendant pensions, a lot of those jobs being replaced by part-time precarious work in the service sector. That’s the type of thing we think they should be addressing in the budget and we’re trying to make sure that people have that in mind as we go forward until Thursday. 

Michael Ignatieff’s first question as opposition leader was about the economy. Stephane Dion’s first question as opposition leader was about women’s rights. Stephen Harper’s first question concerning government advertising contracts.


Thomas Mulcair’s first question

  1. I’d counter that the NDP’s constantly pro-union policies are far less sustainable for job creation than anything the CPC has done in government. The “loss of hundreds of thousands of good paying manufacturing jobs” wasn’t due to any government policy, it was due to greedy Unions demanding more and more, while their businesses were constantly becoming increasingly less competitive. Even without “The Downturn”, these jobs would have been lost, albeit maybe at a slower pace.

    I had thought Mulcair was going to be a bit different than his predecessors, but I’m starting to think I was wrong.

  2. At the very first day at the Commons right here at the front page in my town. The new leader vows to take a fight to Harper. On Sunday the 25th he told the Canadian people that he will take Harper as a punching bag. He said he better get used to it because it’s going to happen every single day.
    This rookie Mulcair is much sounding like Michael Ignatieff the man that called the election and sorry to say he lost in his own riding.
    Getting hot under the collar on your first day upsetting the cart and getting you nowheres. Harper is doing everything in his power to get this country going at his best and the main priority is to get us out of debt.