Jagmeet Singh under pressure amid growing list of incumbents not running in 2019

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To put it mildly, things are looking iffy for federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

Seven well-known NDP MPs have chosen not to run again, including former leader Tom Mulcair.

They include the veteran Edmonton Strathcona MP Linda Duncan, the lone NDP MP from Alberta, and MP, London-Fanshawe’s Irene Mathyssen who revealed she too is going to retire from politics.

In the run-up to the NDP federal leadership contest, Singh received adulation from the media, today, 11 months into his leadership role, he is mostly ignored, and his views and opinions are hardly featured in primetime news.

Instead of focussing on the 2019 elections, he will be busy trying to get elected as MP in a by-election in Burnaby South. A seat that will be officially vacated next month by NDP MP Kennedy Stewart who is running for mayor of Vancouver.

His troubles began soon after he won leadership and was asked questions around Sikh terrorism and didn’t give a satisfactory answer initially. Later a video emerged of him sitting on stage with individuals espousing an armed campaign against the India. He got flak for that and while campaigning against the Kinder Morgan pipeline he was panned for simultaneously suggesting Canada import oil from countries other than Saudi Arabia as a way of penalizing the Kingdom for recent sanctions.

Meanwhile if the NDP is decimated in the 2019 federal elections, his leadership will come under scrutiny. A lot can change for the NDP in the next few months and there are many who hope NDP leader Jagmeet Singh makes a meaningful impact on the national stage and the first visible minority to lead a Canadian national party. -CINEWS

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