Tim Harper / The Toronto Star
New Democrats turned to Tom Mulcair because they could see power finally visible over the next hill. He was the man who could take them there.
Jack Layton had left the party of conscience with the chance to govern, but the last step would be gargantuan.
Now, as Mulcair closes in on three years as Opposition leader, you can hear whispers from within the party comparing him unfavourably to the late party icon....