Better Late Than Never: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Finally Wins Seat in Parliament
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh celebrates his by-election victory last night in Burnaby South, B.C. Photo: The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward
Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the federal NDP, has finally won a seat in Parliament. Singh was victorious in a by-election held yesterday, winning 39 per cent of the vote in the Burnaby-South (B.C.), well ahead of his Liberal (26 per cent) and Conservative (22 per cent) rivals.
It’s been a year-and-a-half since Singh burst on the scene, quickly becoming a media sensation trumpeted as the fresh new face of the NDP. But since those heady days, his star-power has dimmed. Because he could not sit in Parliament, Singh’s absence from the battles in Ottawa made him a political non-factor, an outsider looking in while lesser known NDP MPs did the work. This lack of visibility certainly hurt the NDP, not only at the polls but also with lacklustre fundraising.
And he’s been criticized for stumbling on foreign affairs questions – especially for his awkward mishandling of a question on China on CTV’s Question Period.
Last night’s victory in Burnaby should quiet his critics and solidify his position as party boss.
“I know it’s been a long slog,” said the 40-year-old Singh, who has faced criticism from within his party for not running for a seat in Parliament earlier.