Thomas Mulcair meets the press - Macleans.ca

Thomas Mulcair meets the press

The leader of the opposition and the press gallery take part in a vigorous back-and-forth

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Here is video of Thomas Mulcair’s 30-minute scrum with reporters this morning after the weekly meeting of the NDP caucus.

The New Democrats are currently being scrutinized over a decision to put staff paid via parliamentary budgets in Montreal within an office paid for by the party. In March, the Conservatives passed a motion ordering Mr. Mulcair to appear before a parliamentary committee to explain what the NDP was doing and Mr. Mulcair is due to testify for two hours tomorrow morning.

Thus was the stage set for this morning’s exchanging of pleasantries.

Liberals and Conservatives seem keen to make this further evidence of their Angry Tom meme, but you can judge for yourself how angry the leader of the official opposition seems. Personally, I was simply entertained (although maybe if I was the reporter who Mr. Mulcair took particular interest in rebutting, I would have been less entertained). Or maybe I just prefer this to the alternative of a politician not submitting oneself to this sort of thing.