NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. (Photo: CP)2. Consider his future While Mulcair has maintained he is in for the long haul as commander-in-chief, he will be 65 the next time Canadians head to the polls. The NDP leader will need to mull what is best for him and his party and if he is the best fit to take on Justin Trudeau in 2019.
NDP environment critic Nathan Cullen. (Photo: CP)4. Perform well inside and outside the Commons Mulcair was praised for his performance in the House in the throes of the Mike Duffy affair. The NDP leader used a prosecutorial approach to go after Stephen Harper in question period, successfully raising eyebrows about what was happening inside the Prime Minister's Office. Now Harper is gone, Mulcair has a new new prime minister's feet to hold to the fire while also ensuring he connects with voters outside the Commons. 5. Sell NDP policies Observers say the NDP struggled to sell its brand during the last election campaign. The party is now calling itself the "progressive opposition" in a bid to distinguish itself and a challenge will be to find a way to show Canadians how the New Democrats differ from the governing Liberals.
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