MUL­CAIR DE­LIV­ERS FINAL MES­SAGE TO HOUSE OF COM­MONS

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CANADA -

Tom Mul­cair was praised by friends and po­lit­i­cal foes alike Thurs­day as he pre­pared to re­tire from Par­lia­ment with a call for Canada to be a cham­pion of democ­racy in the world. More than a decade af­ter his sur­prise elec­tion in a Montreal rid­ing, the for­mer NDP leader de­liv­ered his final ad­dress be­fore leav­ing fed­eral pol­i­tics later this sum­mer. Much of Mul­cair’s speech was spent thank­ing his fam­ily, par­tic­u­larly wife Cather­ine, as well as em­ploy­ees on Par­lia­ment Hill. Yet, he also threw down the gaunt­let for those who will con­tinue to serve in Par­lia­ment — and all Cana­di­ans — by em­pha­siz­ing the need to con­tinue de­fend­ing the val­ues and prin­ci­ples that de­fine this coun­try. “We have a lot more in com­mon than any­thing that di­vides,” Mul­cair told the House of Com­mons.

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