“Thrilling” convention for Rousseau
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.