NDP ads silent on Thomas Mulcair’s secret
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency)
It’s no secret that Thomas Mulcair loses his temper occasionally.
That’s why he is known as Angry Tom.
The NDP knows anger may sell well for a talk show host and may work well for a prosecutor, but they know that the public wants a little bit of affection from its leader.
They want Daddy to like them.
So this week the NDP released a “Daddy likes you, he really really likes you” ad.
This ad doesn’t discuss why Mulcair has a habit of changing his story on things that are rather important.
Daddy has a bit of a problem, not just with temperament, but with integrity.
Thomas Mulcair was elected nearly 20 years ago in the provincial riding of Chomedey, which is the biggest population centre in the city of Laval, Montreal’s biggest suburb.
More than 400,000 people live there.
One of his constituents was a fellow by the name of Gilles Vaillancourt, mayor for more than 20 years.
He left office under a cloud just last fall.
There has been a commission of inquiry in Quebec investigating corruption in the construction industry, involving company executives and bureaucrats in several municipal and provincial governments.
It’s not difficult to see why corrupt construction bosses would want to grease politicians.
There are so many billions in contracts that governments award to build infrastructure. Vaillancourt was quite the builder, and over the years he was able to lobby for more than $15 billion worth.
There is an allegation by a witness at the inquiry, saying Vaillancourt was making two-and-a-half points on every buck in construction contracts his city was awarding.
It’s not unusual that he went to Thomas Mulcair at least once to try to get his help.
According to Mulcair, Vaillancourt tried to bribe him at least once.
No word on how much money he tried to give him. There is no evidence he ever accepted the bribe.
There is evidence he denied being offered one.
Mulcair bathed the truth in secret sauce for many years.
He protected one of the biggest hoods in Quebec, who allegedly ripped off the public for millions of dollars, money that might have gone to more worthwhile public needs, like helping people get into low-rent housing, always a favourite for those politicians with a social conscience like Mulcair. The secret is out.
Mulcair fessed up to the public.
He changed his story when the story just didn’t add up.
I grew up in Quebec. I don’t want to pretend that I never met a greasy politician.
It usually gets the Quebec shrug.
We had names for the pols who sometimes kept the envelopes, and sometimes didn’t but never dropped the dime on those who represented the sewer money.
I won’t repeat what we called them.
But we didn’t call them future prime ministers.