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Newly-elected NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair reacts to a question during break in a party caucus meeting in Toronto on Sunday, March 25, 2012. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press/Chris Young/The Canadian Press)
Newly-elected NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair reacts to a question during break in a party caucus meeting in Toronto on Sunday, March 25, 2012. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press/Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

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The four biggest challenges facing Thomas Mulcair Add to ...

Seldom has a new Leader of the Official Opposition been forced to hit the ground running this hard. <br/><br/>In his first week on the job, Thomas Mulcair faces four key events that will help form emphatic first impressions of the new NDP Leader. <br/><br/><em>Read John Ibbitson's <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/john-ibbitson/ndp-sheds-comfy-sweaters-for-battle-gear/article2380920/" style="color:red">full column</a></em>.

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