Tom Mulcair has been roundly criticized by media and other parties for his opportunistic comments regarding the Lac-Megantic tragedy where he seemed to be automatically putting blame on the government and looking for root causes right from the onset.
There is a time and place for such things of course but never while such a disaster is fresh and people are still unaccounted for.
But then to categorically deny he ever uttered the words even though caught on video is a serious gaffe and calls into question the integrity and good judgement of the Prime-Minister-In-Waiting.
Kelly McParland says it well:
So, to clarify, he insists he didn’t try to link the government to the tragedy, but then — while touring the devastated town — accuses Conservatives of cutting back on safety. He insists he’s misquoted in the video, but makes the same accusations more than once…
[As an interesting side-note, McParland's references to the Conservatives and Rob Ford following that portion of the online article have been cut from the print edition. I'm guessing they were deemed not relevant and rightly so - especially the part about Ford.]
There is no doubt that Angry Tom’s little outburst did nothing to help his image. You can be sure that this will come back to haunt him during the next federal election.