In prime demonstration of unwavering determination, Jagmeet Singh has vowed to continue leading the NDP, even if he loses the Burnaby South by-election.
The NDP, sit third nationwide in the polls, over 15% behind the leading Liberals.
In his own constituency of Burnaby South, Singh is neck to neck with the Liberals and Conservatives, in what will be an impactful three-horse race.
The NDP has faced many troubles in recent months, and a loss in Burnaby South could be devastating to the party which is already struggling to attract fundraising and whose support has been in quick regression.
However, Singh would be foolish to leave his post as party leader even in the event of a by-election defeat. With the NDP facing such terrible times, a power vacuum from within could be the end of the long standing party.
As noted, a number of veteran NDP MPs have also announced they won’t run for re-election. In the past month, a former NDP MP from Quebec was arrested for armed sexual assault.
Time for a by-election
Trudeau has come under fire for not calling a by election in constituencies that have empty seats. But when he decided to take action, it was only in one Ontario riding, which remained a Conservative stronghold.
Both Jagmeet Singh and Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer have attacked Trudeau for his approach to dealing with the vacant seats. It is expected however that the by elections are called to take place in February.
A fourth seat opened up last week with the resignation of Nanaimo-Ladysmith’s NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson, who is trying to switch to the B.C. provincial legislature.
Whilst the Greens will not run a candidate out of respect for Singh, the Conservatives have chosen to field lawyer Jay Shin. The Liberals will run Karen Wang.
Maxime Bernier’s new People’s Party of Canada have selected Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson, a former co-host of “The 700 Club Canada” and Christian blogger.
For Jagmeet Singh’s sake, let’s not hope the election result is not as bad as his page on the NDP website.