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article imageThomas Mulcair in Edmonton on the campaign trail Special

By Paula Kirman     Sep 11, 2014 in Politics
Edmonton - Thomas Mulcair, leader of the federal New Democrat party, was in Edmonton this past week on the campaign trail and spoke at a fundraiser Wednesday evening.
Mulcair was in Edmonton to support the election of New Democrat MPs in the Edmonton ridings of Edmonton Griesbach, Edmonton Centre, and Edmonton Strathcona in the next federal election.
Currently, Alberta has only one New Democrat MP, Linda Duncan of Edmonton Strathcona. Duncan mentioned that when she is asked if she is "lonely" being the only NDP MP from Alberta, she says when she goes to Ottawa she has 97 colleagues.
Janis Irwin is running in the new riding of Edmonton Griesbach, which has become something of an open race since current MP Peter Goldring announced this week that he will not be seeking re-election. Edmonton Centre's long standing Conservative MP Laurie Hawn also will not be seeking re-election in the next Federal election, which is expected to take place in October of 2015.
Mulcair was introduced to the audience of around 200 people by Linda Duncan, and his short speech was basically about the NDP's intention to have more MPs elected in Alberta in the next election. The event was a fundraiser which featured beer tasting from a variety of craft breweries and live music from local act Le Fuzz, as well a band called Le Bon Jack, which is made up of several musical Members of Parliament (and means "a good guy," in reference to the late Jack Layton).
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