NDP notes: Mulcair says he is only party leader who can vote in Quebec

Party also elects two high-profile co-chairs of its national campaign

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he’s the only federal leader eligible to cast a ballot in tomorrow’s Quebec election.

Mulcair says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau cannot vote because he no longer lives in Quebec, despite representing a Montreal riding.

The NDP leader says he voted in an advance poll for Geoffrey Kelley of the province’s Liberal party, who Mulcair says is a long-time friend who he considers a social democrat with deep NDP roots.

Mulcair says his primary home is in Quebec and not at Stornoway, the official residence of the leader of the Opposition in Ottawa’s tony Rockcliffe neighbourhood.

The New Democrat leader also cautioned against writing off the sovereignty movement in Quebec.

Mulcair says past politicians and pundits have made that mistake before only to see those predictions come back to haunt them.

OTTAWA – The NDP has chosen two high-profile MPs to be the architects of its 2015 election strategy.

Jean Crowder and Alexandre Boulerice have been named co-chairs of the NDP’s national campaign.

It will fall to Crowder and Boulerice to lead the NDP’s planning and preparations for next year’s campaign, in which the party hopes to build on gains in the 2011 federal election that saw it become the official Opposition for the first time in its history.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the announcement Sunday in Ottawa at a weekend meeting of the party’s federal council.

During the stump-style speech, Mulcair took swipes at Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

This weekend, the NDP also chose veteran party strategist Anne McGrath to be its national director, replacing Nathan Rotman, who left to work on former NDP MP Olivia Chow’s Toronto mayoral campaign.

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