THE APPLE – ER, ORANGE – DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE FAMILY TREE
Tom Mulcair is a well connected guy, historically speaking.
Ancestry.ca has been digging through the NDP leader’s past — his distant past — and discovered that Mulcair, despite being a federalist, has more in common with Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe than you might expect.
Two years ago research by the family history website revealed that Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau share a common ancestor, but Lesley Anderson, a family historian with Ancestry, says the Mulcair-Duceppe connection goes back to their ninth great-grandfather, Marin Boucher, who was part of the “Percheron Immigration” from Perche, France in the 17th century.
She says it is believed that the majority of French Canadians have Percheron blood.
Mulcair also likes to underscore his public administration credentials and it seems it runs in the family.
Anderson says Mulcair’s 3rd great-grandfather, Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau headed a Conservative government as the first Premier of Quebec in 1867.
SPRINT TO THE FINISH
Stepping up to the microphone in Trois Rivieres, Que., Thursday morning, Harper began his campaign speech with his usual countdown to E-Day, telling supporters there are only three days to go.
Only, there are four days left.
He caught and corrected himself.
At the next stop, his campaign was equally eager to hurry things along. During an effusive introduction before Harper’s remarks, Drummond candidate Pascale Dery found herself interrupted by the theme music that usually precedes the leader’s arrival.
They quickly cut the tunes and let her finish.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau donned a Montreal Canadiens jersey stitched with a significant number Thursday night when he watched the Habs play on TV at a bar in the city.
Not only was Trudeau sporting a No. 9 Canadiens sweater in honour of Habs legend Maurice (Rocket) Richard, the number also had some significance in the context of the election campaign.
Trudeau used the number in a memorable exchange with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair during the first leaders’ debate of the campaign, back in August.
In the debate, Trudeau was criticizing Mulcair for his support of an NDP policy that says a 50-plus-one bare majority in a referendum on Quebec independence would be enough for the sovereigntist Yes side to secure a victory.
“In doing so, he is actually disagreeing with the Supreme Court judgment that says one vote is not enough to break up the country,” said Trudeau, whom Mulcair taunted to declare a percentage he would find acceptable.
“You want a number, Mr. Mulcair? I’ll give you a number. My number is nine,” Trudeau said.
“Nine Supreme Court justices said one vote is not enough to break up this country. Yet that is Mr. Mulcair’s position. He wants to be prime minister of this country and he’s choosing to side with the separatist movement in Quebec and not with the Supreme Court of Canada.”
The Canadian Press