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NDP and Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair talks to reporters after attending his caucus meeting in on Parliament in Ottawa, Wednesday February 26, 2014.
NDP and Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair talks to reporters after attending his caucus meeting in on Parliament in Ottawa, Wednesday February 26, 2014.
(FRED CHARTRAND/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Why the NDP are changing their mind about a coalition

The NDP is stating its first order of business in the next election will be to oust Stephen Harper as prime minister, offering to work with the other opposition parties to make it happen in the event of a minority Parliament.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was against a merger with the Liberal Party during his 2012 leadership race, but he is now offering conciliatory words about future co-operation. To make his point, this week he repeatedly mentioned his role in the failed Liberal-NDP coalition agreement that had the backing of the Bloc Québécois in 2008.