It seems like everyone who ever reads the New York Times or listens to the Sunday morning talk shows is talking about Thomas Mulcair. Yet, is Thomas Mulcair a candidate who will really bring change to Canada?
First, we need to look at Thomas Mulcair's voting record. He voted in favour of the war in Iraq and voted against the initial peace accords that were made. While he did vote in favour of the peace accords, he was not always comfortable with them as they were drafted by an American administration who had no real experience with these negotiations. In addition to that, he also voted against the Canadian Forces' role in Afghanistan.
Then, we have to look at what Thomas Mulcair has promised. We all remember the budget that the New Democrats came out with during the campaign and they came out with it in the middle of the summer. The budget included a huge tax cut that the New Democrats was very comfortable with. However, when the reality of how much that will cost Canadian families hits them, they are not too happy with it. That is, they have to figure out how to make up for this lost money.
However, there is a lot of talk about whether or not Thomas Mulcair is going to deliver on his promise. As far as the budget is concerned, the main sticking point seems to be the tax cut and the fact that it is going to hurt the middle class. As far as his other promises, he has promised that he would introduce free trade deals, he has promised a balanced budget, and he has promised that he would have a deficit budget. All of these are good promises, but it seems that none of these will be paid for in the long term. This is why some analysts believe that Thomas Mulcair is merely the same old social Democrat who has been around the block before.
So, now let's look at the leadership of Thomas Mulcair. It appears that he has been a member of the New Democratic Party since it was formed back in 1969. Therefore, he has the leadership qualities that are needed in a successful leader. However, one of his biggest problems may be the fact that he is running against the leader of the Bloc Quebecois. as well as the leader of the official opposition.
Since the New Democrats is the official opposition party, . . . . . . the Bloc Quebecois leader is the party leader in charge. When you combine this with the fact that the Bloc Quebecois represents the more socially conservative wing of the party, it does not seem likely that Mulcair has many supporters among the francophone population. Therefore, the question becomes one of whether or not the Bloc Quebecois can beat the New Democrats at the polls. which, of course, it is anybody's guess. However, for a New Democrat to win a federal election in 2020, a great deal of ground has to be made up in the non-francophone population.