Trudeau finally calls byelection for Burnaby South

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh finally has a date with voters after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called three byelections, including one for Burnaby South.

On Wednesday, the prime minister’s office announced byelections for three federal ridings currently without an MP. Voters in Burnaby South, Outermont (Quebec) and York-Simcoe (Ontario) will go to the polls on Feb. 25.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh stood with supporters at the corner of Royal Oak Avenue and Imperial Street on Sunday. Photo by Jennifer Gauthier

Burnaby South has been without an MP since September, 2018 when the NDP’s Kennedy Stewart resigned for his ultimately successful run for mayor of Vancouver.

The announcement comes after Singh and other federal party leaders criticized Trudeau for delaying the byelections. They argued that residents of the ridings were being denied their right to representation in Ottawa.

Singh, who was elected leader of the NDP in 2017, will be attempting to win his first seat in Parliament. He will be facing off against Conservative Jay Shin, Liberal Karen Wang and Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson of the People’s Party of Canada. The Green party has opted not to run a candidate in the riding.