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MONTREAL, JANUARY 25, 2013  - Grade 6 students at Honoré-Mercier Elementary School in St. Léonard  received a crash course on politics when NDP leader Thomas Mulcair accepted an invitation to speak to them.

Teacher Real Heppelle had asked Mr. Mulcair to address his pupils. Accompanied by his wife Catherine, Mr. Mulcair spoke in both English and French while the students at this bilingual school did the same during an interesting question and answer period.

Mr. Mulcair, the Member of Parliament for Outremont,   provided the young students with some background about his career, his party and his own history of attending English public schools. “What I like most about my job is to visit schools and respond to questions,” he remarked.

Mr. Mulcair told the students how he grew up as one of 10 children. He was 14 years of age when he decided that one day he would become a politician. After completing his studies in Social Sciences at Vanier College, he went on to law school at McGill University where he earned degrees in Civil and Common Law.  After holding a number of interesting jobs at places like the Commission d’Appel sur la langue d’enseignement and the Quebec Professions Board, he fulfilled his teenage dream in 1994 and was elected as the Liberal Member  of   the National Assembly for Chomedey. He switched to federal politics and the NDP six years ago, becoming their first elected member in Quebec. Last spring he captured the NDP leadership.

Students wanted to know what he would do if he was elected prime minister, his position on bilingualism and thoughts about the environment, gun control and which his favorite hockey team was. “The Montreal Canadiens,” he responded affirmatively.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213