NDP leader Jagmeet Singh selects deputy

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This week NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tapped Montreal MP Alexandre Boulerice as the party’s new deputy leader. He has his work all cut out for him which is raising the party’s profile in Quebec ahead of next fall’s federal election.

The former union adviser will be in charge of recruiting candidates in the province and helping the party “reconnect” with Quebecers, Singh told reporters at the announcement in east-end Montreal. Polls place the NDP in fourth place in the province, and high-profile Quebec MPs including Tom Mulcair, Helene Laverdiere and Romeo Saganash will not be running for re-election in October.

Singh said his nomination of Boulerice — known for his confrontational political style and strong oratory skills in the House of Commons — shows his desire to “do things differently in Quebec.” He told reporters to stay tuned for a series of Quebec-specific announcements in the coming months.

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Singh said NDP policies to provide low-cost housing, to increase taxes on the rich and to respect Quebec cultural products make him “an ally” of Quebecers. But he and Boulerice also revealed that the environment will be a major issue the party will use to differentiate itself from the Liberals, who are leading in the polls in Quebec. -CINEWS

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