Trudeau calls byelection in Ontario, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh left hanging

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Pressure is mounting on NDP leader Jagmeet Singh on all fronts and winning a seat and in BC’s Burnaby South is becoming more necessary by the day. So naturally there was frustration in the NDP camp when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a byelection for the Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, but not in B.C.’s Burnaby South.

Voters in the Ontario riding will head to the polls on December 3 to elect a new member of Parliament. The riding was previously held by the late Gord Brown, a Conservative MP who died in May after suffering a heart attack in his Parliament Hill office.

According to Elections Canada, the government had until October 30 to announce a byelection for the Ontario riding.

In all there are four vacant seats, including Burnaby South.

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NDP MP Peter Julian called Trudeau’s decision not to call the other byelections on Sunday “petty and manipulative,” and went on to accuse the PM of playing around with elections.

The government must call a byelection within six months after a seat is vacated, and it has until March 18 at the latest to call one for Burnaby South.

A government spokesperson said the deadline for the byelection called today is the end of this month, and the others were only vacated more recently which means a date for the Burnaby South byelection could happen in the new year. -CINEWS

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