MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — Tom Mulcair embarks on a multi-province blitz of NDP campaign offices as the federal election heads into its final week.
He’s in both British Columbia and Saskatchewan where his party hopes to make gains, delivering a message that the shortest path to defeating Stephen Harper’s Conservatives is with the NDP, not the Liberals.
Mulcair says his New Democrats only need 35 more seats to form government, as opposed the over 100 MPs the Liberals will have to elect.
The argument makes the broad assumption that the NDP will hold its historic number of seats — an assumption in which party strategists profess confidence despite the recent slide in the polls and a softening of support in the NDP’s Quebec base.
The NDP sees B.C. as an important battleground, where they have tried to frame the election as a fight between New Democrats and the Conservatives.
They are expecting tight three-way fights in Vancouver, but believe they can pick up three seats on Vancouver Island and others on the mainland.
The Canadian Press