Federal NDP leader could run in Burnaby South

NPD Leader Jagmeet Singh could be running in the Burnaby South byelection.

The riding is being vacated after New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart announced he’d be taking a run at becoming mayor of Vancouver in this fall’s election.

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In a statement, NDP spokesman Guillaume Francoeur said Singh had been encouraged by those in Burnaby to run in the byelection.

“I can tell you that a lot of people in Burnaby have been encouraging Mr. Singh to run in the upcoming byelection because they want a strong voice to represent them and their issues,” Francoeur said.

“Jagmeet has said he is very moved by the support and will make a decision in the near future.”

The NDP leader will be back in Metro Vancouver this week for scheduled events on Wednesday and Thursday.

Singh was elected leader of the NDP last October but does not hold a parliamentary seat. If Singh runs in Burnaby South, it would place him near the epicentre of the ongoing Kinder Morgan issue.

The Burnaby South riding saw a tight race during the 2015 federal election, with Stewart narrowly defeating Liberal candidate Adam Pankratz. Pankratz has said he hopes to take another go at winning the riding.

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