Liberals, Tories painted as twins
SASKATOON—NDP leader Tom Mulcair is making a concerted effort to paint the Liberals and the Conservatives as two old peas in the same corrupt, entitled, unaccountable pod.
In a speech yesterday to an NDP caucus retreat, Mulcair didn’t mention Justin Trudeau directly.
He asserted that Canadians have only one option—the NDP—if they want to put an end to “politics as usual.”
Asked later why he refused to mention Trudeau’s name, Mulcair was scathing.
“You’d have to point to something that Justin Trudeau’s ever done for me to be able to mention him,” he scoffed.
In contrast to Trudeau, who has said “he won’t have much to say between now and the next election” on economic policy, Mulcair said the NDP “is talking straight up about serious, concrete things.”
He then proceeded to underline his point by reiterating some key NDP economic policies—promising to roll back corporate tax reductions to bring the tax rate more in line with that in the United States and to scrap the Conservative plan to hike the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 67.
And he ruled out increasing any personal income taxes, including imposing a tax on the wealthiest Canadians, in a bid to shrink the increasing income gap between rich and poor.
“It is our intention to increase corporate taxes but I’m categorical we will not increase individual taxes,” Mulcair stressed.
“I’m categorical on that: no increases in personal taxes under our administration.”
Mulcair promised to unveil more NDP policies “well in advance of the next election,” with costing verified by experts.
A pan-Canadian energy strategy will be released this fall, he added.
Liberals have vaulted into the lead in most polls since Trudeau took the helm in April, relegating the NDP to its traditional third-place slot.
After barely acknowledging his existence for five months, Mulcair recently has gone on the offensive against Trudeau—evidently concluding that he no longer can wait for the Liberal leader’s extended honeymoon to peter out on its own.
Liberal House leader Dominic LeBlanc said Mulcair is sounding desperate.
“It’s phoney and desperate to claim that it’s somehow a crisis because the 2015 Liberal platform isn’t online two years in advance,” LeBlanc said in an interview, noting the NDP platform has not been released either.