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The beard stays: Thomas Mulcair bucks the hairless trend

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair comments on the federal budget in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Thursday March 29, 2012.

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Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair is putting together his shadow cabinet this week, and says it will include people who campaigned against him in the recent leadership campaign.

"The people who have been involved in this race, all tremendous colleagues, are going to be given prime roles because they represent the best we have to offer," the leader of the federal New Democrats said in an interview on the CTV program Question Period.

The interview got personal when host Craig Oliver asked Mr. Mulcair if he is planning to shave his beard, since it is rare for a national political leader to wear one.

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Mr. Mulcair said he has no intention of shaving his off.

"I have been told I will be the first Canadian prime minister since 1896 with a beard if things go as we hope..." he said.

He said he has been wearing a beard since he was an 18-year-old law student at McGill University in Montreal.

"I grew whatever facial I could to try and make myself look older."

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