It's been a year of some ups and some downs.
On the positive, Mulcair has built the party into a disciplined well-oiled opposition. He's put together an impressive team — both on the front benches and behind the scenes — that is professional and efficacious as any other party's. Moreover, Mulcair has proven himself to be an effective and forceful orator in the House of Commons in opposition to the Harper government.
But there have been several challenges and gaffes for the NDP over the past year as well.
Two MPs defected from the party: one to the Bloc and one — Bruce Hyer — became an independent.
The NDP leader has also gone against public opinion on at least two major issues.Read More »from Thomas Mulcair’s so-so first year as NDP leader