Whether you know him best as a lawyer or as “angry Tom,” Tom Mulcair is one politician who may be best known in a couple weeks time as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister. Indeed, currently serving as the leader of the New Democratic Party and Leader of the Opposition, Mulcair is arguably in the best position to replace Stephen Harper after the federal election concludes on October 19. At least he was in the best position up until two weeks ago, when new polls revealed support for Mulcair’s NDP dwindling and support for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals surging. However, polls can’t always be trusted: In British Columbia’s 2013 Provincial election, polls inaccurately predicted the NDP would defeat Christy Clark’s Liberals. Also, up to 40% of voters are reportedly still undecided, which makes polls less reliable on election day.
Nevertheless, whether Tom gets elected or not, he’s still enjoyed a career that many would be envious of. Being a lawyer and a Provincial Member of the National Assembly of Quebec, as well as being the current leader of the federal NDP, is a massive accomplishment. However, despite Mulcair’s achievements, there exists a number of reasons why Canadians are skeptical about trusting him. He used to be a provincial Liberal and he's disregarded the law on a couple of occasions, among other things.
This article will expose facts that you may not know about Tom Mulcair, from his personal life and career, to promises he’s made if the NDP form the next government.
15 Mulcair was selected leader of the NDP with more than 50% of the votes
14 Mulcair used to be a lawyer
13 Mulcair used to be a member of the Liberal Party
12 Mulcair almost joined the Conservative Party
11 Mulcair was the first New Democrat to win a riding in Quebec during a federal election
10 Mulcair was fined $95,000 for defamatory comments targeting a PQ minister
9 Mulcair has pledged to reduce small business taxes from 11% to 9%
8 Mulcair has pledged to return eligibility for Old Age Security from 67 to 65
7 Mulcair has French Citizenship
6 Mulcair has pledged to abolish the senate
5 Mulcair has promised the implementation of a $15 a day child care plan
4 Mulcair has promised mixed member proportional representation
If there’s one thing all federal parties should agree on, it’s that the first-past-the-post electoral system has not served Canada well over the last decade. Indeed, Harper’s Conservatives secured a majority government in the last election when it secured 54% of the seats with only 40% of the vote. Considering that statistic along with the basic fact that the first-past-the-post system favours the governing party, it’s no surprise that the only party not calling for electoral reform is the Conservatives. The Liberal and Green party have both said they support electoral reform, however Tom Mulcair’s NDP are the only party pledging that they’d specifically replace the current system with mixed member proportional representation. To find out more about what mixed member proportional representation entails, watch the video link attached below!
3 Mulcair has pledged to repeal Bill C51
2 Mulcair once ran through multiple stop signs and asked an RCMP officer "Don't you know who I am?”
1 Mulcair has vowed to scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (TPP): a deal that if implemented, promises to link 40% of the world’s economy and scare thousands of Canadians working in the agriculture and auto sectors. Despite many details of the TPP still unknown, Tom Mulcair stated in an interview with Global News that he’d scrap the deal because it would cost tens of thousands of Canadian families their jobs. Although many Canadians are rightfully suspicious of the TPP and the effect it could have on jobs, opposing parties have argued it’s foolish for the NDP to take such a strong stance on a deal whilst many details remain unknown.
Sources: NDP, Global News, Macleans, CBC, Huffington Post, CTV
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