NDP leader considers Northern Gateway pipeline dead
It's no secret that Mulcair has asked his NDP MPs and their staffers not to wade in to the Quebec election, just as he asked them to stay out of the Quebec student protests in the past few months.
But with a majority of federal seats in that province and his Quebec caucus being the youngest in federal history, Mulcair was asked whether the NDP could stay mum on an election that could have a profound impact on federal politics.
"I'm not going to start wading in on a provincial campaign where we are not playing a role. My job is to work with whoever is going to be chosen," he said.
However, Mulcair said, that could all change in the next three to four years and that Quebecers "can be sure that the NDP will be running in the next provincial election in Quebec — and that will change things, of course."
Even with the possibility of a sovereigntist government returning to power and Canadians looking to see what federal leader would best handle the situation, Mulcair vowed to stay out of the Quebec election.
"My track record is clear — people know that I'm a strong federalist. I fought the 1980 referendum, but I also fought in the 1995 referendum. Quebec City is a very tough neighbourhood to practise politics when you are a federalist, but I stood up for Canada and I'll continue to do that," he said. "That'll always be my vision."
The NDP believes a simple majority, 50 per cent plus one vote, is enough to decide a future Quebec referendum.