Fear and cynicism triumph over democracy

Official Opposition Public Safety critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca) made the following statement on the adoption of Bill C-51:

“New Democrats strongly condemn the adoption of Bill C-51. Thousands of Canadians took to the streets to protest this bill which will erode our rights and freedoms. These people don’t want fear to triumph over the values that guide our democracy.

“The NDP is a party that fights for its principles, and we have tried everything to make the government backtrack and to convince our Liberal opponents to do the right thing and vote against this devastating bill. It’s equally shameful that the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada also gave in to fear instead of standing up and defending our way of life.  

“Terrorism is a very real threat, but it is the responsibility of the government to protect both public safety and our civil liberties. This bill is vague, dangerous and won’t make Canadians safer.

“As usual, Stephen Harper is playing politics instead of defending Canadians’ rights and freedoms. And the Liberals are just letting the prime minister get his way. 

“It’s disappointing, but we shouldn’t be surprised by the Liberals’ cynicism. Their leader, Justin Trudeau, said a few weeks ago: “I don’t want this government to score political points on the backs of Canadians, especially with an issue as important as public safety. We could have this conversation if the elections weren’t a few months away…”

“Canadians deserve better.”

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Energy and environment speech

Tom Mulcair’s speech at iVote-jeVote

Merci beaucoup, M. le Doyen Mérette.

Merci à tout le monde d’être ici aujourd’hui à l’Université d’Ottawa.

J’étais ici même il y a à peine plus d’un an dans cette même salle, avec plus de 1000 étudiants pour parler de l’importance de la participation des jeunes dans le processus démocratique.

Ça a été un beau moment pour moi, et j’ai été frappé par la richesse des conversations que nous avons eues ensemble.

Chapeau à Allan Rock et à Kevin Page pour cette initiative qui vous permettent d’échanger avec des politiciens sur des sujets qui vous touchent maintenant et les décisions qui changeront votre avenir.  

So thank you again for the opportunity to join you to discuss what I feel is one of the most important issues that will face Canada over the coming months, years and decades.

And that is how Canada moves forward to build an economy with a vibrant and growing middle class; an economy that is prosperous and sustainable for generations to come.

Today I want to share with you some of the elements that make up the NDP’s plan to build sustainable prosperity in Canada.

And there couldn’t be a more exciting time to discuss such an important topic.  

Last night we saw the people of Alberta turn the page on 44 years of Conservative Party rule and embrace a new approach to ensure that middle class families have a brighter future with better health care and education, jobcreation, and a more diversified economy.
 job creation, and a more diversified economy.

Albertans from all walks of life, from every corner of the province chose change that Premier elect Rachel Notley offered – and at the forefront of it all, were young people actively engaged in charting their future and the future of their province.

And that desire for change, particularly when it comes to issues such as building sustainable prosperity is not limited to Alberta.

Whether it’s in my home province of Quebec, in BC, Toronto or in Atlantic Canada – Canadians are looking to get Canada on the right track.

And it’s not hard to see why.

In Kyoto in 1997, the Liberal government of the day committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 6% below 1990 levels.

But instead of going down, greenhouse gas emissions went up on their watch by 23%.

In fact, carbon pollution went up each and every year the Liberals were in office.

In 2007, five years after the Liberal government ratified the Kyoto accord, former Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s senior advisor Eddie Goldenberg made the shocking admission that the government had no intention of fulfilling the obligations that their signature committed Canada to upholding.

In 2009, Stephen Harper made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 17% from 2005 levels.

Under his watch, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions rose – not fell – by 4% between 2009 and 2013.

Canada will not come close to meeting Stephen Harper’s weak targets.

You may have noticed the Conservatives’ recent budget made no mention of climate change.

But failing on carbon pollution is not the whole story when it comes to Stephen Harper.

Les conservateurs ont démantelé systématiquement les lois canadiennes de protection environnementale.

Et sous Stephen Harper, le Canada est devenu le seul pays au monde à s’être retiré du Protocole de Kyoto et de la Convention des Nations Unies contre la désertification.

Le Canada ne fait malheureusement pas sa part pour lutter contre les changements climatiques.

Je ne sais pas ce qui est le pire, franchement.

Signer Kyoto comme les libéraux, sans avoir la moindre intention de rencontrer ses obligations.

Ou carrément déchirer l’entente et renier sa signature.

D’une manière ou d’une autre, le résultat est le même.

Et ce sont les Canadiens qui en paient le prix.

Liberal and Conservative failure on the environment is hurting our quality of life, our health, it’s hurting our economy and it’s tarnishing our global reputation.  

And worst of all, it’s passing off a far greater burden to future generations.

As a grandfather, I don’t want to leave an unfair environmental burden onto future generations – you might remember Joe Oliver talking about passing the burden on to Stephen Harper’s granddaughter – well, I believe we have an obligation to take responsibility today.  

And with true political will and an effective plan, we can get Canada on the right track, grow the economy, protect the environment, provide energy security for generations to come and become a positive global player on climate change.

My vision for sustainable prosperity seizes new opportunities for clean energy, effectively cuts carbon pollution, reduces risks to our communities and coast lines and establishes an assessment and review process that Canadians can put their trust in. once and for all.

First – we’ll kick-start clean renewable energy production in Canada.  

If Canada is going to seize the opportunities of the 21st century— we need to be ready to tackle the realities of this new century.  

Over the next 5 years, by 2020 – global market demand in the clean-tech sector
is expected to hit an astonishing $3-trillion.
Today, employment in clean-tech is growing at a rate of 18% year-over-year.

The opportunities and the potential for Canada are enormous.

New Democrats have already announced that we will eliminate subsidies to the fossil-fuel industry and invest in clean energy instead.

Our investments in clean energy, will help create a made-in Canada solution and help create the next generation of middle-class jobs.

On doit profiter de l’occasion en or qui s’offre à nous pour nous défaire de notre dépendance aux énergies non renouvelables pour se tourner vers les énergies vertes, propres et renouvelables.

Des investissements significatifs dans l’énergie solaire, éolienne, géothermique et hydro-électrique créeraient des dizaines de milliers de nouveaux emplois pour la classe moyenne.

Mais les néo-démocrates savent bien que les ressources non renouvelables vont demeurer un ingrédient économique important pour encore plusieurs années.

C’est pour ça qu’il est si important d’utiliser nos richesses naturelles de façon responsable en diversifiant.

De façon à faire croître notre économie tout en protégeant l’environnement, tout en respectant les communautés locales, tout en respectant nos obligations envers les communautés des Premières nations.

Voilà un projet de société durable que les Canadiens veulent voir.

Second:  we will adopt a polluter pay principle.
 
A group called Clean Prosperity estimates that each Canadian taxpayer shells out more than $1,700 every year to clean up pollution that the originating companies themselves aren’t required to clean up.  If corporations don’t pay, somebody else has to.

I don’t think it’s fair to ask average Canadians to pay for someone else’s mess.

We will take federal leadership on pricing carbon through a pan-Canadian cap-and trade mechanism.

The most effective way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions is to cap the level of emissions and over time, reduce the limit. This mechanism worked to eliminate acid rain and it will work for greenhouse gas emissions.

We will provide industry and Canadians with a stable federal mechanism that works with provinces but doesn’t abdicate Canada’s responsibility.

Plusieurs provinces ont démontré qu’elles étaient prêtes à faire leurs parts.

Mais le gouvernement du Canada a un rôle de leadership à jouer, pour aider l’industrie à s’adapter et pour s’assurer que ces entreprises puissent compter sur des règles claires.

On ne peut pas abandonner les provinces et leur demander de se débrouiller, en restant les bras croisés.

Troisièmement, un gouvernement du NPD va proposer des règles plus strictes pour le transport de matières dangereuses.

Les déraillements de trains, comme le désastre de Lac Mégantic -ou encore le déraillement et déversement à Gogoma, dans le nord de l’Ontario, démontrent toute l’importance d’avoir des mesures sévères en place.

On ne peut pas laisser l’industrie s’auto-règlementer.
 
Depuis l’arrivée des conservateurs, il y a eu 6 000 déraillements à travers le pays.

Un millier de ces trains impliquaient des matières dangereuses.

C’est évidemment beaucoup trop.

It’s time we had rail safety standards that Canadians can trust.

A second example of how dangerous Conservative policies are to our communities is the recent fuel spill that affected large parts of Vancouver’s shoreline and English Bay.

This was, in many ways, a relatively minor spill.

Yet it took 6 hours to even begin to contain the spill and a whole 12 hours to notify the City of Vancouver.

Conservatives keep promising, quote “world-class” oil spill response.

But you can’t clean up an oil spill with talking points.

This was, in fact, a world-class failure.

Imagine if this had been a major tanker or pipeline spill.

Nous savons aussi que, malgré l’augmentation du nombre de pétroliers qui circulent sur le fleuve et le golfe du Saint-Laurent, la capacité d’intervention du gouvernement fédéral en cas de déversement est tout simplement inadéquate.

L’une des plus grandes frustrations, c’est qu’il n’y a plus aucune façon de déterminer les impacts et les risques environnementaux réels d’un projet.

C’est le résultat direct du saccage des processus d’évaluation environnementale fait par les conservateurs.

C’est grave:  les Canadiens sont complètement dans le noir. Mais ce sont des préoccupations légitimes!

Canadians don’t have faith that the Harper government is prepared for a major environmental disaster and with good reason.

Even the Auditor General’s Office has warned – several times – that Canada is not ready for a major oil spill.

When the Conservatives were moving to shut down the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, they claimed it was no longer necessary and that Vancouver had nothing to worry about.

They were – as the NDP pointed out at the time – dead wrong.

And last but not least – we will work with provinces, industry and with indigenous and other communities to revamp the environmental review process for the approval of major resource infrastructure such as pipelines.

Only through a strong project review process – with sustainability at its core – can we ensure that proposals are safe for Canadians before moving forward.

Unlike consecutive Conservative and Liberal governments, New Democrats will not just rubberstamp development projects.

Resource development can only be successful if it grows our economy and protects our environment.
An NDP government will take practical steps to do just that.

To succeed, New Democrats will overhaul and strengthen Canada’s environmental assessment regime

We will make it open, fair and transparent.

We will ensure social and environmental sustainability helps drive the success of resource projects.

An NDP government will ensure that reviews are meaningful and account for a project’s impact on our climate

And respect our new international obligation to reduce greenhouse gases.

An NDP government will prioritize a transition to a clean energy future.

This will be done in full consultation with the new Alberta NDP government, other provinces and territories and indigenous communities.

This is in addition to tougher rules to help prevent oil spills and ensure polluters pay for clean-up.

Canada’s NDP government will rebuild public trust by seeking Canadians’ input on development projects that impact them.

We will also end the Conservatives’ arbitrary limits on public participation in project reviews.

Ensuring Canada’s future success means we must also build and sustain a real nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous communities.

Canada must honour its legal duty to consult and accommodate First Nations.

We’ll remove cabinet’s ability to overrule the National Energy Board based on ideological whims.

And like Rachel Notley repeated throughout the Alberta election campaign, instead of just shipping our raw bitumin to the United States for refining, let’s work with industry to ensure more of those value added jobs stay right here in Canada.  

Our plan is one that ensures sustainable prosperity.
It will create jobs, grow Canada’s economy and protect the environment.

We will reverse the damage Stephen Harper has done.

We will protect and reassure communities with better safety standards and a robust assessment regime.

A regime that ensures economic growth and supports environmental sustainability.

And our plan ensures social and environmental sustainabilityfor generations to come – with meaningful consultations and partnerships with indigenous communities.

Whether its BC’s fisheries, mining or forest sectors, or the oil sands and gas of Alberta, Ontario’s game-changing Ring of Fire, Quebec’s mining and hydro resources or fisheries and offshore oil in Atlantic Canada.

Canada’s natural resources create tremendous economic opportunities and are major drivers of Canada’s economy.

New Democrats believe we need to diversify and strengthen our economy.

New Democrats understand that Canada’s non-renewable resources are an important part of our economy mix.

That’s why it’s critically important to develop these natural gifts responsibly.

In a way that grows our economy while protecting the environment while ensuring that development respects local communities, including our legal obligations to First Nations and indigenous communities.

That’s the sustainable approach that Canadians want to see.

We will develop new approaches and begin to think in terms of “sustainable prosperity.”

I know, New Democrats know, that it is possible to grow our economy while protecting our environment.

Conservatives will too often tell you that we have to choose between one or the other.

It is a false choice.

It is not the economy or the environment.
It is the economy and the environment.

New Democrats have already begun laying out our vision.  

To make Canada a global leader in the 21st century clean energy sector.

This fall, if elected government – we will begin rebuilding the public’s trust in resource development.

We will put in place the measures that will ensure social licence — the consent of Canadians for the development of Canada’s resources.

And we’ll do it without burdening our children or grandchildren with unsustainable environmental debt.

And I know that we can do it.

Je crois qu’un gouvernement n’a pas de plus grande responsabilité que d’assurer la sécurité du public.

Et je crois qu’un gouvernement doit aussi prendre des décisions et faire des choix qui sont dans l’intérêt à long terme des Canadiens.

Ce sont ses valeurs qui m’ont guidé tout au long de mes 35 années de service public.

Ce sont des valeurs qui m’ont guidé comme ministre québécois de l’Environnement.

J’ai fait adopter la Loi québécoise sur le développement durable.

Aujourd’hui, cette loi exige que le gouvernement examine les impacts environnementaux, sociaux et économiques d’un projet avant de lui donner le feu vert.

C’est un des réalisations dont je suis le plus fier de toute ma carrière.

Cette loi demeure la plus exhaustives de son genre dans toute l’Amérique du Nord.

Elle instaurait aussi dans la Charte québécoise des droits et libertés le droit de vivre dans un environnement sain.

Il a fallu que je me batte.

Mais aujourd’hui, il s’agit d’un outil formidable pour s’assurer que l’environnement des Québécois est protégé.

Les Canadiens devraient tous bénéficier de ce droit.

As a Cabinet Minister, I didn’t just talk about lowering carbon pollution, I lowered greenhouse emissions each and every year I was Minister.

That’s my record.  And I’m proud of it.

In just a few months from now, Canadians will be asked to decide which party, and which leader, has the best vision for Canada’s future.  

Our offer to Canadians is clear.

A government that grows our economy while protecting our environment.

A government that develops our natural resources responsibly.

A government that makes polluters pay for the pollution they create, and invests in the next generation of middle-class jobs.

I don’t need to tell you how high the stakes are, you will be the ones inheriting this planet.

The question we all must answer is: what kind of world do we want to leave behind?

Will we leave your generation with a greener world, built on a foundation of economic and environmental sustainability?

Or will we leave you to clean up the messes we’ve left behind?

Can we build a Canada where prosperity is sustained for future generations?

The answers to these questions are in the actions we take today and on October 19.

My friends, together we can make this vision a reality. I invite you be a part of it.

Thank you.

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Canadian Member of Parliament, Peter Stoffer Knighted by the Netherlands

Peter Stoffer, MP (Sackville-Eastern Shore) today received the Dutch honour Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. The prestigious decoration is bestowed by the King of the Netherlands on persons who have rendered outstanding service to society.

Peter Stoffer was born in Heerlen, Limburg on January 6, 1956 and emigrated to Canada with his family as a young child that same year. Following a successful career in the airline industry, Peter ran and was elected to the House of Commons in 1997 and has been re-elected in the subsequent five national elections. 

Having grown up in the shadow of WWII and the knowledge of the role that Canadian service men and women played in the liberation of the Netherlands in1945, Peter has become a leading advocate on behalf of Canada’s veterans, their well-being, recognition and respect. 

Over the years, as a great promoter of the Dutch and Canadian cultures, Peter initiated a Canada-Netherlands Parliamentary Friendship Group; introduced an Act respecting the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands (Maple Leaf & Tulip Private Members Bill) and helped to establish a permanent memorial to Canadian veterans of the Dutch liberation at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 – located on the Halifax waterfront. 

The award was announced as Canada and its Second World War allies celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe, adding further significance to the honour.

As an advocate of everything Dutch, Peter has been involved in the liberation festivities and initiatives such as King’s Day and Sinterklaas.  Working with trade missions, activities with the Embassy, or informing other members of the House of Commons, Peter works to strengthen the connection between Canada and the Netherlands.

“This is an incredible honour given to a noble and humble man,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “Peter is really proud of his Dutch roots. He is a respected parliamentarian who has committed his life to defending veterans and their families. He has mentored an entire generation of New Democrats to get involved into politics by showing that when you care, you can move mountains.”

The Order of Orange-Nassau bears the hyphenated name used by the Royal Family of the Netherlands since the sixteenth century. Decorations can be bestowed on Dutch citizens and foreign nationals living anywhere in the world.

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Liberals must vote against C-51

It’s not too late for the Liberals to join the NDP and the millions of Canadians who oppose the Conservatives’ devastating Bill C-51, which will undermine our rights and freedoms.
 
“I’m asking Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to defend our rights and freedoms by voting against Bill C-51 this evening,” said Official Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair. “We must stand together and do what thousands of Canadians asked us to do when they took to the streets and send a clear message to Stephen Harper: we won’t let fear triumph over our principles.”
 
Since it was introduced, Bill C-51 has been criticized by numerous experts of all political stripes – including four former prime ministers, the Canadian Bar and a group of more than 100 academics and 60 business women and men. This new legislation won’t be effective, lacks adequate monitoring and surveillance measures and is deliberately vague.  
 
“All parliamentarians believe that terrorism is a real threat and we all agree that security is a priority for any government,” added Mulcair. “But Canadians don’t have to choose between security and their rights as Stephen Harper is asking us to do with this bill.”

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NDP statement on atrocities against the Yezidi community in Iraq

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar and NDP Human Rights Critic Wayne Marston issued the following statement today regarding the mass execution of Yezidis in Iraq:

‎”Like all Canadians, New Democrats are disgusted and appalled by the mass execution of Yezidis by ISIS militants in Iraq.

“According to reports from Iraqi officials and human rights observers, up to 300 Yezidis were killed by ISIS last week near Mosul. This horrific attack follows months of targeted atrocities perpetrated by ISIS against the Yezidi people in Iraq and the region. These attacks are clearly aimed at the decimation and destruction of the Yezidi people, as well as their homes and heritage. ‎Those responsible for these heinous crimes must be held accountable.

“Canada needs to address the deepening humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria and Iraq, including targeted assistance for minority groups such as Yezidis. The Conservatives should also increase and expedite the acceptance of refugees forced to flee their homes as a result of this conflict, and support international efforts to bring perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes to justice.”

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Denis Blanchette presents bill to repaint Pont de Quebec

After the Conservative government’s failure to fix the Pont de Quebec once and for all, Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair and NDP MP Denis Blanchette (Louis-Hébert) tabled a bill today to repaint the historic infrastructure.

“In 2005, Stephen Harper came to Quebec and laughed at the Liberal government of the time because it was incapable of putting a fresh coat of paint on the Pont de Quebec. It’s been 10 years since he promised that a Conservative government would repaint the bridge, and we’re still waiting,” said Mulcair.

The Conservatives have always hidden behind long and costly legal proceedings to justify their inaction. When the courts ruled in favour of Canadian National Railway (CN), saying it wasn’t the railway company’s responsibility to finish the job, it put the onus on the government to enact legislation that would put this issue to rest. While the Conservatives instead pursued a fruitless public battle with CN, Blanchette and his team worked on a bill that would finally get Pont de Quebec repainted.

The bill contains two measures: The first stipulates that the heritage railway structures recognized under the Historic Sites and Monuments Act must be maintained to highlight their beauty and historic character. The second gives the government the power to order that the work be done and paid for by the owner if necessary.

“It’s a concrete and effective solution to a problem that’s gone on too long,” said Blanchette. “The Liberals got caught up in costly and unproductive legal proceedings. The Conservatives too broke their promise ,and after 10 years in power, the bridge continues to rust. The people of Quebec and the South Shore are tired of Conservative inaction.”

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REALITY CHECK: two-thirds of Canadians not invited to justin trudeau’s tax cut buffet

The Liberals took over a diner to hype their so-called middle class tax break, but it turns out that people earning the median –in other words the people in the middle – weren’t invited to the party and won’t benefit. 

The bottom two-thirds of all those who file taxes will get nothing at all – while the biggest benefits will go to the people near the top.

Trudeau’s tax plan excludes everyone who doesn’t reach the second tax bracket – and unfortunately, that accounts for the large majority of Canadians.

The latest figures from the Canada Revenue Agency show that nearly 18 million people – over two-thirds of all tax filers – had incomes below the cut-off for the Liberals tax plan. They will get no tax savings.

Meanwhile, the maximum tax break goes to those who earn between $89,401 and $200,000 – and even some people making more than $200,000 will see their taxes reduced under the Liberal plan.

Canadians deserve better.

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NDP calling for action on Deschamps Report

New Democrats are calling for senior defence staff to appear at committee following last week’s shocking report from former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps about sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.
 
“Justice Deschamps’s report reveals a disturbing pattern of inappropriate and criminal behaviour within the military, with senior staff repeatedly failing to assist victims who came forward,” said NDP Defence critic Jack Harris (St. John’s East). “We need to hear from the Minister and senior officials about what immediate and substantive action is being taken to deal with these findings.” 

The NDP has put a motion on notice to have Justice Deschamps, the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff appear before the defence committee to answer questions about the report’s disturbing findings, and what the government is doing to implement all ten recommendations.
 
“We’re talking about the women and men who put their lives on the line every day for Canadians,” said NDP National Defence deputy critic Élaine Michaud (Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier). “This government needs to commit to profound change now by accepting all of Justice Deschamps’s recommendations.”

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Statement by the NDP on World Press Freedom Day

NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil–Pierre-Boucher) made the following statement today on World Press Freedom Day:

“World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to honour the essential role journalists and media play in keeping people around the world informed. Despite the challenges and risks inherent to their job, journalists continue to defend freedom of expression and democratic principles.
 
“Today, we pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives or been injured in the line of duty. It is unacceptable that, in 2015, journalists are still prosecuted, detained and assassinated for doing their jobs. Independent media is of immeasurable value in a free and democratic society, and it is our duty to ensure that this continues to be respected and protected.

“We also take this opportunity to stand in solidarity with journalists and Canadians who have been affected by the Conservative’s reckless cuts to CBC/ Radio-Canada.

“When we attack the freedom of the press, we’re attacking our own people, democracy and freedom.

“New Democrats thank journalists and the media for their invaluable work informing the public. Let’s work together to defend freedom of the press.”

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Overheard this week: “Momentum swinging in Mulcair’s favour”

As Tom Mulcair hits the road to share his plan to strengthen the middle class, support for that NDP vision is up across the country. Here’s some of what was overheard this week:

Four years after the Orange Wave in Quebec, NDP support remains strong – with “momentum swinging in Mulcair’s favour”.

“The NDP leader … has certainly experienced a jump in support. When asked who would make the best prime minister, Mulcair topped the list with 31 per cent, a gain of five points since March and his best result, according to CROP, since June 2013. Trudeau, on the other hand, was down to 24 per cent, his worst result since becoming leader in April 2013.”

Eric Grenier (Huffington Post Canada: April 30, 2015)

With an election just days away, Albertans look ready for change – and an Orange Wave of their own.

“It sends a powerful message to voters outside Quebec, in particular, that even Albertans aren’t scared of the NDP running their province, so why would you be scared of Thomas Mulcair? I think that’s a big asset in Ontario and elsewhere for the NDP and a bit of a loss to the Liberal message.”

Chantal Hébert (CBC’s At Issue: April 30, 2015)

One political watcher noted that the NDP is “feeling good about” Mulcair’s “prospects” and “have reason to feel that way.”

“Some have drawn a connection to the opposition leader’s relentlessly sunny disposition in recent appearances. His high-voltage grin blazes out from every campaign image. Others point to his Main-Street-friendly overtures to voters in the Greater Toronto Area, which began in earnest in mid-March … I suspect there’s something deeper at work, which is simply this: Consistency. For more than a year, Mulcair has been consistent in the positions he’s taken, with no equivocation.”

—   Michael Den Tandt (National Post: April 26, 2015)

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