The campaign got off to a tough start for Singh, and it didn’t finish well for him and the NDP either.
It seems Jagmeet Singh and the NDP couldn’t find Scarborough-Agincourt on the map.
They started up the campaign in the wrong riding.
As reported by the CP, Singh started his campaign at a coffee shop in Scarborough North:
“Launching a campaign in the wrong riding might account at least in part for the NDP’s all-but non-existent showing in Scarborough-Agincourt on Monday. It certainly can’t have helped. Liberal Jean Yip retained the riding that had been held by her husband, Arnold Chan, until his untimely death from cancer in September. She captured 49.4 per cent of the vote, followed by Conservative Dasong Zou who pulled in 40.5 per cent.”
The NDP candidate got only 5.1% of the vote. That was even worse than the NDP’s result in 2015 of about 8% – which was already dismal.
Of course, the NDP tried to “explain” the failure by saying it was just a “Jagmeet and Greet” event planned ahead of the by-election.
It’s been a tough start for the new NDP Leader, with his own Quebec caucus increasingly distant from him, and concerns growing within the party about his ability to win over new voters.
Rhetorically, he doesn’t offer much that is different from Justin Trudeau, as he has shifted his focus from the NDP’s past support for blue-collar working class voters to a more Social Justice Warrior oriented approach.
That leaves an opportunity for the Conservatives to win voters with a more populist approach, though it remains to be seen if they will make the most of that chance.
Meanwhile, Singh seems to be losing NDP voters who are going to the Liberals, while failing to win over any new supporters – since Trudeau is the most SJW PM ever.
So, visiting the wrong riding is the least of his concerns at this point.