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Advance voting opens today for Burnaby-South by-election

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A by-election win is critical for Jagmeet Singh, who has been leading the NDP since Oct. 2017, but has yet to sit in HoC

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The first of four days of advance voting in the Feb. 25 Burnaby-South federal by-election gets underway today.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and his wife will cast their votes at the Nikkei Centre at noon today. A by-election win is critical for Singh, who has been leading the New Democrats since October 2017, but has yet to sit in the House of Commons.

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The riding was vacated by former MP and now-Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart. It has long been an NDP stronghold, but some pundits have said it won’t be an easy race for Singh to win.

Richard T. Lee is running for the Liberals. He became the party’s replacement candidate, after Karen Wang resigned.

Wang resigned over comments about Singh’s ethnic background. She later asked the prime minister to reinstate her, but Justin Trudeau refused.

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Jay Shin is representing the Conservatives, while Laura-Lynn Thompson is running for the People’s Party of Canada.

Valentine Wu and Terry Grimwood are running as independent candidates.