Mulcair's performance during his first year as NDP leader was mediocre at best.
"I think he's in a tough spot," Conservative political consultant Jim Ross told Yahoo! Canada News in March, on Mulcair's first anniversary as leader.
"His actions lately are those of a nervous leader playing defense and defending his base. He's worried about progressives voting for Justin [Trudeau], so he's fighting against Canadian economic interests in DC. He's worried about Quebec nationalists, so he's pushing legislation to make it easier for Quebec to separate.
"He might be bringing discipline and a more modern organization to the Party, but it's not helping him defend his base and it's certainly not helping him reach out to mainstream Canadians."
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