OSHAWA, Ont. — Tom Mulcair says New Democrats have a “tendency” to work with other parties, but suggests the stark policy differences with the Liberals and personal bad blood between him and Justin Trudeau means co-operation in a divided House of Commons would be difficult.
With polls suggesting a possible Liberal minority government, the NDP leader faced renewed questions Tuesday about the extent he was prepared to go to work with other parties.
Last weekend, Mulcair vehemently ruled out propping up a Stephen Harper-led Conservative minority government under any circumstances.
On the campaign trail Tuesday, Trudeau took a similar tough stand, saying there would be no way he would allow Harper to continue to be prime minister.
Mulcair cast doubt on how much he could trust working with the Liberals, noting how they “walked away” from a planned 2008 coalition to unseat the Conservatives.
In the area of policy, Mulcair has repeatedly attacked the Liberals over their support of Bill C-51, the government’s surveillance legislation, and Trudeau’s tacit acceptance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the NDP vow will never make it to the floor of the House of Commons.
The Canadian Press