Federal NDP leader makes stop in Vernon

Thomas Mulcair will meet with party faithful during an Okanagan tour Wednesday

Thomas Mulcair

Thomas Mulcair

The leader of the federal NDP will be in Okanagan-Shuswap to rally party faithful Wednesday.

Thomas Mulcair, who is also leader of Canada’s official opposition, will be at the Vernon Recreation Complex at noon for about 20 to 30 minutes.

“We are very excited,” said Nick Hodge, Okanagan-Shuswap NDP president.

“His visit says that B.C. is important to the future of the NDP and there is an opportunity to do in B.C. what happened in Quebec during the last election (win numerous seats).”

Hodge points out that then-NDP leader Ed Broadbent visited Vernon in 1987 and in 1988, Okanagan-Shuswap sent an NDP MP to Ottawa.

The local NDP will use Mulcair’s stop as a chance to strategize for the Oct. 19, 2015 federal election.

“It’s a kick-off for our internal campaign for the next election,” said Hodge, adding that prospective party candidates will be in attendance Wednesday.

Hodge believes it’s critical that the party start planning for the election now.

“It’s not that far off and 2015 is not a given. There is a revolt within the Conservative caucus and we’re not sure how big it is. At any point, an election could be called,” he said.