While critics have immediately pounced on this as further evidence of the NDP rudderlessness that saw the party go into a flat spin in the final weeks of last year’s election, circling like a fishing boat whose captain has lost his favourite hat, Mulcair calls this hogwash.
“Stuff and nonsense,” He says, making you want to hug him and smack him at the same time like he always does. “That’s how I got here, by reflecting people’s ideals back to them, but with more beard. And that’s what I’m going to keep on doing, listening to the people. And then repeating it back. All of it. Sort of like an unfiltered cold brew. People like those right?”
In response to the question of what happens if the people don’t want any more Mulcair, the man himself has a ready answer.
“I am prepared for that as well. If that is the case I will listen, carefully, to hear who the party members do want at the helm, and then legally change my name to be that person. My lawyers are standing by with the paperwork, all that remains is for everyone to decide who they need me to be.” Pressed for more details Mulcair disclosed that early reports have indicated there is a clear favourite amongst NDP party members as to who that person is. “So there is a better than even chance that by Monday you will all be calling me Justin Trudeau.”