Here's a critical column on Tom Mulcair that is basically the flip side to what Carol Goar wrote on Justin Trudeau.
Last drops of Orange Crush
FEBRUARY 21, 2015
BY ANTHONY FUREY
If the NDP wants to save its neck, someone in the backroom needs to sit Tom Mulcair down and give him a firm talking to.
The opposition leader seems either completely oblivious to the political pulse of the nation right now, or so stubborn that he thinks he can turn it around in his favour.
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Justin Trudeau says his party will put forward recommendations to strengthen anti-terror bill C-51, but intend to vote for it regardless. This is the happy medium that Mulcair doesn’t yet understand.
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The Liberals are now able to say to centre-right swing voters that they understand the importance of fighting terror, but they can also tell their base and the centre-left that they challenged Harper on the details worth sparring over.
But Mulcair has pushed himself into a corner. Instead of saying he’s fervently against the Islamic State but thinks C-51 needs work, last week he called the bill a "sweeping, dangerous, vague and ineffective" piece of legislation. He then accused the Liberals of being intimidated into supporting the bill.
"We in the NDP are going to fight it,” he affirmed. Words he’ll likely regret. So you’re telling Canadians you’re not just going to critique an anti-terror bill, but outright fight it?! And anyone who does support it isn’t doing so of their own free will? Good luck with that. It’s electoral poison.