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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh expected to announce he will run in Burnaby South byelection

WATCH: Federal New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh announces why he is running in the Burnaby South byelection, a seat recently vacated by Kennedy Stewart – Aug 8, 2018

Federal New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh is expected to announce he will run in the byelection in the riding of Burnaby South, sources tell Global News.

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Singh, who was elected leader last October but doesn’t have a seat in Parliament, says that Kennedy Stewart, who vacated the seat in June, and several interest groups have encouraged him to run in Burnaby South, a riding where the contentious Kinder Morgan pipeline is considered a major issue.

He is expected to make the announcement later this week, sources said. coverage of Jagmeet Singh

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On Sunday, an NDP spokesperson would not confirm that a decision has been made, but said “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.”

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

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In the last federal election, the NDP’s Stewart narrowly defeated the Liberal candidate by fewer than 600 votes.

A date for the byelection has not been announced.

— With files from The Canadian Press


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