Burnaby, BC – Despite repeated negative coverage by the mainstream media, Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, (NDP), won the federal by-election in Burnaby South on Monday February 25th by a comfortable margin, proving critics wrong – again.
In his acceptance speech, Singh thanked all those who believed in him and worked hard to help him win the by-election. He also promised to visit Quebec the following week to unveil a Quebec-specific plan to re-engage with Quebecers and to honour the work started by Jack Layton.
Singh, the first racialized leader of a political party, also became the first racialized leader to win a Parliamentary seat. He won the leadership of the federal NDP in October 2016 on the first ballot.
In two other by-elections held on the same day, the Liberals took Outremont in Quebec and the Conservatives held onto York-Simcoe. The next Canadian general elections takes place on or before on 21 October, 2019.