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.
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.
I’ve asked Singh in multiple ways about his lack of connection to Burnaby and if he believes that could hurt him. Insists his values align with people here — says will lead NDP into federal election regardless of byelection result. #Cdnpoli
— Martin MacMahon (@martinmacmahon) January 9, 2019
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.”
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.