Tom Mulcair and Canada's New Democrat party lead push for change - 2015-08-07
The New Democratic party has surged in polls and is now neck-and-neck with the ruling Conservatives, showing an electorate growing weary of the status quo
Squinting slightly in the glare of the summer sun, Tom Mulcair stepped up to the podium in Montreal's sprawling Mount-Royal park and made his appeal to Canadian voters. "I'm looking forward to when progressives from across the country can join those in Quebec to form the first New Democrat government in Canadian history," said the leader of a party which has long seemed the perpetual bridesmaid of Canadian politics.
The progressive New Democratic Party has held seats in Canada's Parliament for decades but never taken power. Now, an election campaign which started a week ago presents supporters with the tantalizing possibility that – finally – the NDP has a legitimate shot at forming a national government, and of turning Canada away from the rightward course set by prime minister Stephen Harper.