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Singh not concerned lack of Burnaby connection will hurt by-election chances

Last Updated Jan 9, 2019 at 6:41 pm PDT

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters outside Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, following the Prime Minister's announcement that a by-election will happen on Feb. 25, 2019.

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says though he doesn't have a connection to Burnaby, he understands voters' concerns

Singh's opponents are likely to highlight the fact he is not from the city or province

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — As the leader of the federal NDP attempts to win the Burnaby-South by-election, he insists his lack of connection to that community won’t be a problem.

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Jagmeet Singh made the appeal to potential voters at a press conference in Burnaby outside Metropolis at Metrotown, following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement Wednesday that a by-election will take place on Feb. 25, 2019.

Singh said he’s now moved to Burnaby and is renting a place with his wife.

He says he loves the “incredibly diverse, beautiful community” and hopes to represent their voices in Ottawa.

“People are going to make a decision, they’re going to make a decision when they vote for a better Canada, and we offer that option,” he says. “We offer that alternative, when it comes to the environment, when it comes to the housing crisis, when it comes to every issue people talk about that I hear at the doors.”

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He insists that despite just moving to the area, he understands their concerns.

“You’ve got the Liberal government that’s telling people to wait on the housing crisis. The housing crisis, which is the biggest crisis for the people of Burnaby-South,” he says. “You’ve got the Liberals that are saying ‘wait,’ and the Conservative government that has been responsible for much of the problem and have no interest in solving the housing crisis.

Singh’s opponents are likely to focus their campaigns against his lack of a meaningful link to Burnaby-South. Liberal candidate and business owner Karen Wang, and Conservative candiate and lawyer Jay Shin, are both locals. The Green Party is not running a candidate.