Thomas Mulcair calls Tories cheaters

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on...

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 4:24 PM ET

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair ignored his party's abuse of political financing laws Wednesday when he called the Conservatives "serial cheaters" before calling for a review of proposed voting reforms.

Mulcair wants to drag out legislation introduced in the Commons on Tuesday by having it studied at committee before votes are taken to move it forward.

He said he's concerned the Conservatives will ram the Fair Elections Act through the House by limiting debate.

The bill has received favourable reviews, even winning the endorsement of former chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley, who gave it a grade of A-.

But Mulcair said the bill is "all about making life easier for Conservatives who are serial cheaters in federal general elections" and singled out the provision that raises the limit for individual political contributions to $1,500 from $1,200.


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