Tom Mulcair is taking a bit of heat on social media after comments he made while answering a question about Toronto’s Olympic bid.
He was speaking in Vancouver, but it appears the NDP leader thinks another city is the country’s “most important.”
Mulcair made the comments while discussing why Toronto should take first steps towards a 2024 Summer Olympic bid, despite his concerns.
“I think it’s the type of thing that gives hope to people. I think that seeing Canada’s most important city, Toronto, getting those Olympics, I think that’s a door we should keep open.”
Aside from taking it on the chin about Toronto’s importance, many NDP supporters in BC might not be happy with Mulcair’s stance on the Olympics.
During the lead-up to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, some questioned the tax dollars spent on the games as opposed to healthcare or education.
Meanwhile long-time Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry calls Mulcair’s comments the most bizarre campaign pitch.
“He says different things wherever he is. He says one thing in English, another thing in French. I guess he just forgot which city he was in.”
Fry says she now wonders how important Vancouver is to the NDP, and if elected, where the city would fall in its priorities.
She’s making her pitch that Vancouver is number one — considering it’s the gateway to Asia-Pacific and a hub for innovation.
Social media reaction to Mulcair’s comments about Toronto have been mixed, with some people tweeting that he’s lost their vote, while others agreeing with him, and some calling CKNW out for even reporting on it.