Ottawa – New Democrats left Toronto united behind their first ever Quebec-based leader stronger and focussed with their sights aimed firmly on forming government in 2015 says Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, MP Carol Hughes.  The election of Thomas Mulcair on the fourth ballot Saturday night ensured New Democrats will have a strong voice to tackle Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in the House of Commons as well as during the next general election.

“I have served with Tom in two parliaments and I’m confident his leadership will be strong,” said Hughes.  “He’s smart, fluently bilingual and has the kind of governing experience that will bring us to the next level.”

Mulcair won from a field of seven candidates in a contest that tens of thousands Canadians participated in to select a successor to the Late Jack Layton.

“I know that Thomas will be able to build on the incredible success a well organized party that is Jack’s legacy,” said Hughes.  “He understands the real challenges facing Canadian families and, more importantly, how Stephen Harper isn’t even trying to address them.”

The New Democrat Caucus will get right down to work as they return to Parliament for a busy week includes the federal budget. 

“It’s a good thing,” said Hughes.  “Canadians are expecting a rough ride in the budget and Tom will do a great job of standing up for them now and for years to come too.” 

Thomas Mulcair is a talented, dynamic and effective politician who worked closely with Jack Layton and shares his values. He has made it clear that he will continue to pursue the same goals with the same dedication.

“I look forward to introducing him to the people of Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing and hope to have the opportunity to do so soon,” says Hughes. “For now, it’s back to work with the full team in the House and I look forward to that as well.”




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