Is Thomas Mulcair Doomed? Will Justin Trudeau & Liberals Roll Over NDP in the next Federal Election?

Is Thomas Mulcair Doomed?  Will Justin Trudeau & Liberals Roll Over NDP in the next Federal Election?
Thomas Mulcair with this scribbler before becoming LoO
Thomas Mulcair with this scribbler before becoming LoO

CFN – Ah, I remember visiting NDP leader Thomas Mulcair at his offices on Parliament before he became Leader of the Opposition.  Those were sunnier days for him.    His momentum hadn’t reached its zenith yet and he was about to be a key cog in mounting the most successful election of the Federal NDP party.

Since then Mr. Mulcair has seemed to be spinning his wheels.    He’s been blown by the younger and more appealing Justin Trudeau whose Liberal party is aiming squarely for Middle class support which in Canada means Organized labour.

Mr. Trudeau appeals to a lot of the NDP base.  Quebec?  Check.   Francophones?  Check.  Young people?  Check.   So where could Mr. Mulcair reach to maintain his seats nevermind raise his numbers; especially without the charismatic Jack Layton paving the way?

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While the Conservative brand is near spent under Stephen Harper the biggest question as we inch closer to the next Federal election is what relevance will Mr. Mulcair and his NDP have?   Will they simply be the spoiler?  Will they be the key to a possible minority government, or will they simply revert to the NDP of the past and be the yappy dogs in the corner?

And if that happens what happens to Thomas Mulcair?

What do you think viewers of CFN?  You can post your comments below.

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15 Comments on "Is Thomas Mulcair Doomed? Will Justin Trudeau & Liberals Roll Over NDP in the next Federal Election?"

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Furtz
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Don’t know for sure, but right now it’s looking like Trudeau will be our next PM. The Harper outfit is buried up to its ears in Senate and election fraud scandals, and new details are in the news almost every day. Voters hate chronic fraudsters. Mulcair is intelligent, fair, and would make a fine PM. But he has a beard, so that’s a no-go. Trudeau has great hair and teeth, and he smokes dope, and looks like a movie star! I think he is pretty smart too, but we’ll see. The best things he has going for him now is… Read more »
David Oldham
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The liberal party in England merged with the socialist party to form the current labour party long ago. After decades of never making it to the altar it would make sense that the socialist party in Canada (NDP) merge with what is left of Canada’s liberal party. After all both parties appeal to basically the same electorate. They would need to find a leader and given the current talent pool that might prove to be a challenge, but then both these parties know that it is an uphill climb to the top.

Eric
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I’m going to disagree with Furtz’ analysis. First, beard or no beard a politician’s abilities are not based on his/her looks. Some of the greatest leaders of the current and past world were the least attractive. Stating that someone will be a great Prime Minister based on how he/she looks is just disastrous and I certainly hope Canadians are smarter than to fall for looks. Currently, Justin Trudeau is not offering anything to Canadians except: a) he’s smoked pot, b) he is against the QC charter and c) is all for transparency. Neither of these is very earth-shattering, or can… Read more »
edudyorlik
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Hey Furtzie, imagine that. We both predict the same thing. J. Trudeau wining. I put money on it already. All those silly young brain dead voters out there voting for him cause “he looks good in photo’s” , “he got his hair cut” has “a nice smile and good hair.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EudfDeValXI&hd=1 What a freakin educated electorate. NOT!! Aren’t we so lucky? Almost as bad as the U.S. May as well just hand the French the keys to the country with dem Lib(French accent on the e)rals in there. What a mess. Voting to cut off your arm or your leg.… Read more »
Furtz
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I was half joking about Mulcair’s beard, but it’s true that a lot of people are repulsed by beards. I know this from experience. Trudeau does appear vacuous and lacking ideas, but we’re two years away from an election, and most political strategists will tell you to save your ideas for the campaign and let the incumbent destroy himself as Harper is doing.

PJ Robertson
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Who’s got the crystal ball? While Harper is busy self-destructing, the knock against Mulcair and the NDP may be lack of bench depth. In contrast; the Liberal benches have both experience and depth, and Trudeau’s strong suit is recognizing that (unlike Harper) he doesn’t know all the answers and therefore needs to surround himself with people of outstanding calibre, like former Lt. General Andrew Leslie who has recently declared for the Liberals.

Furtz
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You might be right PJ. Mulcair has a few solid and smart MPs and advisers behind him. Trudeau has a lot of smart MPs and advisers behind him. Poor Harper is now depending on Duffy, Wallin and Jesus Christ to keep him in power. The Jesus endorsement is good, but it only delivers votes from rural Alberta and Brockville.

Edudyorlik
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This certainly DOES NOT represent me…
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Nor the MAJORITY ANGLOPHONE CANADIANS in a manner that a “federal party” is supposed to do…

Furtz
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A lot of political junkies who are smarter than I are predicting that Harper will retire from politics (to spend more time with his family) by this time next year. I don’t think he’s the kind of guy who would want to fight an election he knows he’ll lose, especially to the Libs that he set out to destroy. A directorship at Monsanto or Shell would be a hell of a lot more lucrative and relaxing than moving back to Stornoway.

Chris Gilmore
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It’s amazing what effect a half a dozen opinion polls and some media banter can have during a political honeymoon. Justin Trudeau’s honeymoon with the voters was about as predictable as the shape and tone of the Conservative attack ads that were immediately launched against him; the Harper government has left a bad taste in the mouths of voters (most critically those 905 belt Liberals who gave him a majority), Mulcair is only well known in Quebec and Justin Trudeau has instant name recognition (he also looks better in photo-ops). But the real question is can Trudeau actually maintain that… Read more »
Chris Gilmore
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It’s amazing what effect a half a dozen opinion polls and some media banter can have during a political honeymoon. Justin Trudeau’s honeymoon with the voters was about as predictable as the shape and tone of the Conservative attack ads that were immediately launched against him; the Harper government has left a bad taste in the mouths of voters (most critically those 905 belt Liberals who gave him a majority), Mulcair is only well known in Quebec and Justin Trudeau has instant name recognition (he also looks better in photo-ops). But the real question is can Trudeau actually maintain that… Read more »
Furtz
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@ Chris Gilmore. For what it’s worth, two new polls released today indicate that the Trudeau honeymoon isn’t over yet.

http://globalnews.ca/news/921357/liberal-momentum-makes-majority-a-possibility-poll/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/liberal-support-in-polls-highest-since-2009-nanos-number-1.2187761

Dunrogan
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No, Mulcair is not doomed. Though it’s impossible to tell by polls two years away from an election who will be the winner. Trudeau is just shiny and new, say what you will about whether or not his honeymoon is over, but the fact is he has name recognition, charisma, and that many people have voted Liberal in the past, which has certainly given him a major spike of support. Pundits, especially the press gallery, are not used to an NDP Official Opposition, and willingly deride their support in favour of the Liberals. Remember in the early ’90s when Chretien… Read more »
Chris Gilmore
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I will admit that after doing well in nearly half a dozen polls, during the past few days the NDP has taken a bit of a hit in the last two polls, giving the Liberals a huge lead over the Conservatives. I reiterate what I stated earlier, Canadians have had very little exposure to Justin Trudeau outside of photo-ops and carefully managed PR stunts. This recent boost in Liberal support (and we’re literally talking about two, maybe three polls taken over the last few days) reflects Canadian anger at the Conservative government more than any confidence in Justin Trudeau. The… Read more »
Chris Gilmore
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After reading my comments I feel the need to mention that I am not with the NDP in any capacity just a long time supporter and activist during elections. Hence my use of “we”. Also forgive the typos as I am forced to write in a bit of a hurry.

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