Analysis: Beating back the socialist hordes

Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is seen with Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter and BC NDP leader...

Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is seen with Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter and BC NDP leader Adrian Dix during a NDP Leaders Summit in Ottawa, January 15, 2013. Andre Forget/QMI Agency

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 4:45 PM ET

OTTAWA - There they stood, grinning for the cameras on Parliament Hill Tuesday — the leaders of the country’s socialist hordes, carbon-taxers all, economy-destroyers and energy industry-haters.

Or at least that’s what the NDP's political opponents would have you believe as federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair gathered nine provincial leaders — including two sitting premiers — for an afternoon meeting about the economy, resource development and federal-provincial relations.

Fred Delorey, chief spokesman for the Conservative Party of Canada, called the summit “a brainstorming session on how to get Canadians to accept higher taxes and a higher cost of living.”

Delorey, relying on the 2011 federal NDP platform as his source, accused the NDP of favouring a “job-killing carbon tax” and noted they “would like to add an additional new sales tax and impose higher taxes on job creators.”


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