Trudeau enlists Chrétien's support to attack Mulcair on unity question

Liberal Leader accuses NDP Leader of playing politics for the sake of gaining a few separatist votes.

    HAMILTON — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has enlisted the support of former prime minister Jean Chrétien to accuse the NDP of wanting to make it easier to break up the country.

    Trudeau told a rally Sunday in Hamilton that NDP Leader Tom Mulcair would put the possibility of Quebec separation back on the table.

    Standing alongside Chrétien, Trudeau said Mulcair would repeal the Clarity Act, which says any referendum requires a clear majority for separation.

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    Trudeau said Mulcair believes a single vote — 50 per cent plus one — should decide whether Canada remains united, accusing the NDP leader of playing politics for the sake of gaining a few separatist votes.

    Mulcair has dismissed such criticism, saying he has fought for a united Canada his whole life but that the Clarity Act doesn’t spell out what constitutes a majority.

    “I’ll let Justin Trudeau continue with his golden oldies tour and bring out Jean Chretien today and start talking about the quarrels of the past,” Mulcair said earlier Sunday after making a senior health-care announcement in Vancouver.

    “We are talking about solving the problems for the future.”

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