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NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair asks a question in the House of Commons on Feb. 26, 2014.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair asks a question in the House of Commons on Feb. 26, 2014.
(SEAN KILPATRICK/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

How NDP's Mulcair is dominating time in Question Period

Thomas Mulcair has nearly tripled his daily output of questions in the House of Commons, going toe-to-toe with the Prime Minister for extended periods as part of an NDP strategy to boost the national visibility of its leader.

Mr. Mulcair typically asked three to five questions a day after he replaced Jack Layton as Leader of the NDP in March, 2012. He now uses his opportunity to dominate the first half of Question Period, using a strategy that started with the Senate scandal last year and has now extended to the major topics of the day. He always asks at least five questions a day, and regularly takes the first 14 questions allotted to the NDP when Stephen Harper is in the House.