NDP leader Thomas Mulcair vows to be 'even tougher' on PM in 2014

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair delivers a speech during a caucus meeting on Parliament...

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair delivers a speech during a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:22 PM ET

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s speech to his caucus Friday was full of promises but light on details.

Mulcair and the NDP were in Ottawa for a second day of strategy meetings in preparation for the Jan. 27 resumption of Parliament.

His speech was meant to boost the morale of his MPs; however, the NDP leader did not offer much new in the way of major policy.

He did announce his plan for a “pan-Canadian” speaking tour, which starts next week.

Mulcair said he will personally travel around the country to collect policy ideas from Canadians about how the government can alleviate the pressures caused by the rising cost of living. The feedback will help form the party’s platform for the 2015 federal election.

He said Canadians are getting “nickel and dimed by two-, three-, four-dollar ATM charges or getting hit with whopping interest rates on a payday loan.”


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