The leader of the official opposition and head of the NDP has just completed a whirlwind tour of Vancouver Island.

Tom Mulcair spoke in Victoria and Nanaimo on Monday and in Campbell River and Courtney on Sunday. He says a retiring island politician has done a great job for their party in the old Nanaimo-Cowichan riding and across the country.

Mulcair says he is confident the NDP can get rid of the Conservatives on the island with a strong group of candidates for the new riding boundaries including Sheila Malcolmson in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding.

In addition, he met with staff at Little Ferns Early Learning Centre at John Basby School, flanked Crowder and Malcolmson.

Mulcair says, if elected in 2015, they’re committed to creating 400,000 childcare spaces across the country in the first four years and 1,000,000 in eight years.
Mulcair says the NDP also wants to boost the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, and encourage provinces to follow suit.