Went down to the federal NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair’s fundraiser, held tonight in the Michele Pujole room at the University of Victoria. The full house of roughly three hundred listened to a self-congratulatory performance, played to a mainly partisan crowd. Mulcair comes down against the Northern Gateway, but discounts it as secondary to the Keystone project. He also says he favours the controversial Churchill Falls hydro project, and repeatedly emphasized his party’s support of “sustainable” development. The Official Opposition sounds very much like a kinder and gentler environmental steward, though I heard little that makes them differ from the current resource paradigm, if only less of business as usual.