In an interview on CTV Question Period tomorrow Tom Mulcair says
"Parliament is very important as an institution and it's important for a political leader to get in there as soon as possible so that Canadians can get to know him,"
Asked about how he thinks his replacement has been doing, Mulcair said that while the New Democrat caucus is happy to have a "bright" new leader, they’d like to see him around more.
"People have been saying, 'Show up with caucus more.' I’ve always understood that the seed of your power as a leader is the caucus," Mulcair said. "What we’re hearing from caucus, and what people have been saying publicly is, ‘We want to get to know him better."
"He doesn’t know the Parliament very well yet, he’s not sitting in Parliament," said Mulcair, who added he has already given the advice of running for a seat, to his successor.
Now as I had mentioned in another thread
Parliament has a tradition that when a leader runs in a by-election for a seat, the Governing party (which would be the Liberals) DO NOT offer up a candidate allowing for the leader an easy ride to victory.
The last time this happened was 2000 when Stockwell Day ran in Okanagan—Coquihalla and Joe Clark ran in King-Hants. The Liberals chose not to run a candidate, though the NDP did run candidates in the both ridings.
Tom Mulcair riding of Outremont will be free this summer for a by-election. If Jagmeet decides to run in that riding, will the Liberals follow Parliamentary tradition? Because if they do follow tradition, with the Liberals out of the way, it would be an easy win for Jagmeet in Outremont.