“Thrilling” con­ven­tion for Rousseau

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Comp­ton/ Stanstead NDP MP Jean Rousseau was happy with the re­sults of the NDP lead­er­ship cam­paign that ended Satur­day night with the elec­tion of Thomas Mul­cair as the party’s new leader. “I sup­ported Mr. Mul­cair from the start. He’s a good politi­cian with a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and he speaks as good English as he speaks French. I think he’ll do well,” com­mented Mr. Rousseau from Ot­tawa, mo­ments be­fore Mr. Mul­cair’s de­but as the leader of the NDP in the House of Com­mons.

With the elec­tion go­ing to a fourth bal­lot at the con­ven­tion, Mr. Rousseau was asked if the new leader had the sup­port of the en­tire party. “We have a long-time cul­ture of team­work in the NDP. Sun­day morn­ing we had a cau­cus meet­ing and ev­ery­one stood be­hind him. All the MP’S and those he ran against like Niki Ash­ton, Nathan Cullen, Peggy Nash, ev­ery­one is thrilled to work be­hind Thomas. The other can­di­dates are a big part of the team and now that the cam­paign’s over they’ll be back to work,” he an­swered.

Asked about his first lead­er­ship con­ven­tion, Mr. Rousseau said: “It was thrilling. It was our big­gest ever con­ven­tion with over 4,500 del­e­gates from all over Canada.”

Af­ter a busy cam­paign, there will be no rest for Thomas Mul­cair this week. “The bud­get is be­ing pre­sented on Thurs­day. The Prime Min­is­ter could have put it be­fore but de­cided to put it right af­ter our cam­paign,” said Mr. Rousseau.

“Dur­ing the sum­mer Thomas will be do­ing a Que­bec tour so I’ll try to con­vince him to come and see us in the East­ern Town­ships. Un­til then if you want to see some­thing ex­cit­ing, check the de­bates at two o’clock to­day!” con­cluded the Comp­ton/ Stanstead MP.

Comp­ton/stanstead MP Jean Rousseau (right), seen here with his new NDP leader Thomas Mul­cair, was happy with Satur­day’s elec­tion.

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