Jagmeet Singh minimizes the bad results of the NDP in by-elections
Dominic Chan / QMI Agency
Sunday, December 17, 2017 13:55
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The leader of the New democratic Party (NDP), Jagmeet Singh, has downplayed the impact of the disappointing results of the by-elections held last Monday for his party.
When three of the four elections, the NDP finished in third place, far behind the liberals and the conservatives, gaining only about 5% of the vote. Only Matt Fedler, the candidate in the riding of Battlefords-Lloydminster in Saskatchewan, managed to finish second with 13.2% of the support.
In comparison, the NDP had obtained 19.7% of the vote in the general election in 2015. He had also obtained a better result in each of the four constituencies where voters were called to the polls.
In interview to the program “Question Period’s”, the leader of the NDP said it does not expect to great results during the elections. “It was not of the constituencies, where we are usually strong”, he pointed out Sunday.
The new leader, elected in October to the head of the training policy, believes that it will need time to impose on the federal scene. “I have to earn the respect of Canadians. I can’t wait until in two months, people understand the vision, the direction we want to go,” said Mr. Singh.
Three liberal candidates and a conservative candidate were elected last Monday. The ruling party has lost a seat to the official Opposition in British Columbia, while the status quo has prevailed elsewhere in the country.