Delusional Mulcair Won't Let Go
After leading the NDP to its most devastating loss in recent memory, Thomas Mulcair doesn't seem able to let go. It has been tradition in Canada for a failed party leader to resign following a significant loss of seats. Paul Martin did it, Stephane Dion did it, Michael Ignatieff did it, Stephen Harper did it, Gilles Duceppe did it and Saskatchewan's Lorne Calvert did it. Jim Prentice did it in Alberta and took it one step further by not only resigning his leadership, but also his seat. Thomas Mulcair not only refuses to resign, he has vowed to lead the NDP into the next election.
Thomas Mulcair doesn't think his party lost for any good reason. It's likely that his top brass have blamed it on strategic voting, not his terrible leadership and horrible campaigning. Thomas Mulcair probably doesn't even believe that he single-handedly blew Jack Layton's legacy. The NDP leader appears to think that the NDP's devastating loss was everyone else's fault.
On October 29, Thomas Mulcair told media that he will ask his defeated MP's to reflect on why the NDP lost. To make himself appear even more delusional and arrogant, he said he expects them to "report back" to him with their findings in January.
Like a father to small children, Mulcair is asking ex-MPs to reflect on their errors and understand their own mistakes. I had recently spoke to a former NDP staffer who has spent the last four years working in NDP offices in Ottawa. She told me that Mulcair's attitude toward the party's defeat isn't going over well with some defeated MPs.
"He thinks he did nothing wrong. Some people think he ran a negative campaign and refused to take advice to change the message around Thanksgiving. Now he expects them to go off on some quest to figure out what they did wrong. It really makes them angry, because some of them worked so hard to get our party's positive message out," she told me.
She no longer works as a low-end staffer for the NDP and prefers I don't reveal her name.
This kind of revelation shouldn't be a surprise to many who have followed Mulcair's political career. Mulcair has banned certain MPs from seeking re-nomination, including Paul Manly. From the other side of his mouth, Mulcair spent four years attacking Stephen Harper for his controlling ways and lack of regard for rules and transparency. Mulcair has refused to be transparent or open about why some MPs were disqualified from seeking re-election, or why some new candidates were barred from seeking NDP nominations in key ridings.
Mulcair's NDP misappropriated taxpayer funds for partisan reasons by funneling money into satellite offices in regions were they had no elected MPs. A non-partisan committee found him and his party guilty, but to this day Thomas Mulcair claims he and his party did nothing wrong. Mulcair refuses to take accountability for the near $3 million his party misspent.
In 2013, Mulcair ran a security stop on Parliament Hill. It was reported that he said, "Don't you know who I am?" when he was stopped by RCMP.
There is no question that Thomas Mulcair has a problem. His history and current refusal to take a single shred of accountability for his party's loss is proof. There has been serious and widely reported discontent among NDP MPs, supporters and staffers over Mulcair's leadership since he was first elected. It's unlikely that a majority of NDP supporters would support his leadership now.
The inevitable truth of this NDP collapse is that Thomas Mulcair's political career is over. Whether Mr. Mulcair admits it or not, he has no future left in Ottawa or with the NDP. He would undoubtedly lose another leadership vote, which is why he will do everything in his power as leader to stop one from materializing.
Media has been ruthlessly implying Harper's inability to let go of power since his defeat, even though Justin Trudeau will be sworn in 16 days following Harper's defeat. Harper was sworn in 14 days following Paul Martin's defeat in 2006. There is no desperate, last ditch attempt by Harper to hold power. There is, however, a refusal to let go on the NDP's side.
There should be more media coverage of Mulcair's desperate and pathetic attempt to hold on to his leadership. There should be more interviews and conversations with ex-NDP staffers, defeated MPs and staunch NDP supporters who would tell the story of Mulcair's audacity and the malcontent that continues to grow within NDP circles.
If media chooses to explore the NDP's ranks for answers, the truth will find its way into headlines. The NDP's base thinks Thomas Mulcair needs to go. That's something Canadians will learn in the coming months if media decides to honestly explore the party's inner channels.