Mathyssen Welcomes Thomas Mulcair as New Leader

OTTAWA – At the 2012 New Democratic Party Leadership Convention in Toronto on March 24, the NDP elected Thomas Mulcair (MP Outremont) as their new leader.

 “I welcome Tom to his new leadership role” said NDP MP Irene Mathyssen. “New Democrats’ commitment to Canada is unrivalled, and under his leadership we will continue to deliver honesty and integrity. We are fortunate to have a dedicated, charismatic and diverse leader” said Mathyssen. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to work towards a better future with Tom. Together, we will move Canada forward.”

New Democrats gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to help choose their next leader. Over 131,000 party members in Toronto and across Canada participated in this democratic process.

“At such an important political gathering I was thrilled to witness such an energetic, optimistic crowd” said Mathyssen.

Jack Layton served as leader of Canada’s New Democrats from 2003-2011 dedicating his life to building a better, fairer Canada. Layton brought the NDP to unprecedented heights as he became the leader of the largest official Opposition in 31 years.

“We were all saddened by Jack Layton’s death this past summer. In his final letter to Canadians Jack said, love, hope and optimism will change the world. I know that these beliefs and values will be carried forward by our new leader” said Mathyssen.