NDP's Mulcair sworn in, takes swing at Bloc

NDP recruit Thomas Mulcair was sworn in Friday as the new federal member of Parliament in the Montreal riding of Outremont.

NDP recruit Thomas Mulcair was sworn in Friday as new federal member of Parliament in the Montreal riding of Outremont.

The former provincial environment minister romped to victory in Outremont under the NDP banner in a Sept. 17 byelection, delivering the traditionally Liberal stronghold to Jack Layton's party, which up to now has failedtomake inroads in Quebec.

Mulcair said his victory in Outremont proves Quebecers strongly believe inNew Democraticvalues and are ready to vote for them.

The NDP is the only social democratic party with credible positions on the environment and defence, especially the thorny question of Canadian troop presence in Afghanistan, hesaid, adding thatQuebec voters will warm up to them even more in the next federal election.

Mulcair dismissed the Bloc Québécois as a has-been party past its expiration date.

The NDP can give the Bloc a run for its money in Quebec, Mulcair said, because "we are able to do concrete things with those ideas."