“Tom Mulcair to examine what went wrong in NDP election” (The Toronto Star)

The Canadian Press:

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says he will ask defeated MPs and party veterans to examine what went wrong during the election campaign that cost him half of his caucus.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Mulcair says he will set up a committee of between four to six former MPs to examine the reasons behind the loss.

He says while members have yet to be chosen, veterans like Megan Leslie, Jack Harris, Pat Martin, Peter Stoffer and Nycole Turmel could be on the list, as could a former party leader like Ed Broadbent.

Mulcair says he wants a report on the party’s defeat by the end of January.

The NDP, which held 95 House of Commons seats before the campaign began, emerged with just 44 seats — a crushing result, considering the party was topping most polls at the beginning of August.

Mulcair says he nonetheless intends to stay on as party leader and lead the NDP into the next federal election in four years.

Until then, he intends to champion the issue of Syrian refugees, of which prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau has promised to bring some 25,000 to Canada by the end of the year.

Mulcair says he also hopes to participate the UN Conference on Climate Change, taking place Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris.