Singh faces intense pressure to win a seat, as the NDP’s poll numbers and fundraising are falling fast.
Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has announced that he’ll run in the Burnaby South byelection.
While a date for the byelection has not been set, the seat has been vacated by NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, and the byelection will happen within six months.
Singh is facing massive pressure, as the NDP have been falling in the polls, and their fundraising is lagging way behind the Conservatives and Liberals.
Singh also faces popularity problems, with lower approval ratings than both Scheer and Trudeau, and higher disapproval than Scheer.
Burnaby South is a seen as a winnable riding for the NDP, and Singh is expected to oppose the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion as one of his key issues.
However, the NDP barely won it in 2015, with the Liberals close behind, and the Conservatives not too far back. It won’t be easy for him. If Singh can’t win there, his leadership will face a possibly existential crisis. Singh will also face questions about the fact that he lives in Ontario, yet is running in BC.
A video of Singh’s announcement can be seen below:
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces he’ll run in Burnaby South by-election: “It starts here. It starts today.” #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/eJy0SThEEi
— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) August 8, 2018
Photo – Twitter