Mulcair forecasts NDP popularity will increase in North Okanagan

Official opposition leader Tom Mulcair speaks in Vernon Wednesday as part of the NDP
Official opposition leader Tom Mulcair speaks in Vernon Wednesday as part of the NDP's nationwide affordability tour.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Tom Mulcair is confident the NDP can expand its base into the Okanagan.

The federal NDP leader spoke before about 100 people at the Vernon Recreation Complex Wednesday, and he says the turnout bodes well for the party.

"It's an area strongly Conservative but we saw the spirit in the hall," he said, adding that many voters are being turned off by the messages from the Conservatives and the Liberals.

"We have a positive message about what can be accomplished together."

As part of preparations for the 2015 federal election, Mulcair says his party is attempting to keep Prime Minister Stephen Harper accountable.

"We've been taking him on. We're the first real opposition he's faced and he's not enjoying it."

During his speech, Mulcair touched on a range of issues including the Senate, health care, veterans' services, the economy and foreign policy.

Look for more in Friday's Morning Star.


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