It’s official — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has thrown his hat into the race to become the next MP for Burnaby South.
The Canadian Motion Picture Park in Burnaby was where he chose to make his announcement. Party organizers say the venue provides some 20,000 jobs in BC’S thriving film industry.
Singh is hoping to fill the seat left vacant by Kennedy Stewart, who is stepping down to run for mayor of Vancouver.
In 2015, Stewart narrowly defeated a Liberal candidate in a riding long considered safe for the NDP.
“I ran for the first time ever in Brampton, and people told us that it couldn’t be done,” Singh recalls. “People said that you can’t win in Brampton, there’s never been NDP forever. And we focus in on people, we focus in on issues.
Singh, who’s from Brampton, Ontario, has already faced criticism for parachuting into a riding long-considered safe for the New Democrats.
He says he’s committed to the riding, will continue to be if he wins, and will still move to Burnaby-South even if he doesn’t win.
“I’m all in on Burnaby, my wife and I talked about it, and we’re going to run here.”
Some have questioned Singh’s ability to effectively represent the people of Burnaby-South.
He says as a national leader, he needs to represent all Canadians and promises to do so in this community as well.