Singh will run in the riding of Burnaby South.
It is being reported that NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will run in the Burnaby South seat being vacated by current NDP MP Kennedy Stewart.
Stewart is leaving Parliament to run for Vancouver mayor, meaning a byelection is upcoming.
The move is a risky one for Singh, as the NDP only won the seat by 547 votes over the Liberals in the 2015 election. And while the Liberals aren’t as popular as they were then, neither is the NDP, as Singh’s underwhelming leadership has led to a loss of support and serious fundraising struggles.
At this point though, Singh is facing mounting criticism for his lack of a seat in Parliament, and his poor handling of scandals including the Khalistani controversy. He needs to at least try and get a seat.
That said, Singh and the NDP may have one tactic that can improve their odds. They will likely campaign against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, in an effort to siphon off left-wing votes from the Liberals. Singh is so desperate for a win that he’s likely to throw the Canadian oil industry under the bus for a few votes in the byelection, even though it will further brand him as a radical far-leftist in the eyes of the majority of Canadians.
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