OTTAWA – NDP leader Jagmeet Singh learned that he would have the chance to win a chance in the beginning of February to win a seat in British Columbia in the House of Commons – as a friendly car on the home ground in Brampton, Ont, became available.
Liberal Raj Grewal announced on Thursday that he resigned as a deputy in Brampton East for "unspecified personal and medical reasons". The whip party Mark Holland said Grewal's resignation is immediately effective.
Surprising news has fallen, as liberal leaders have said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will call three elections – including Burnaby South, where Singh was already nominated to run – in early February at the start of the new year.
Brampton East could now be very well added to the list.
Also, Trudeau could schedule another selection in B.C. for the same date. The sixth trip, which will be released on January 22 by Liberal deputy in Montreal, Nicola Di Iorio, will remain unrepresentative until the general elections scheduled for October.
When Singh was first elected as PND leader last fall, he said he wanted to run federally in Brampton East, a riding he had represented for six years in the Ontario legislature and now represented by his brother, Gurratan .
He initially intended to wait until the general election to seek a command, but he was under intense pressure to enter Parliament sooner after he began to cede as a leader. He announced in August that he will head to Burnaby South, where PND deputy Kennedy Stewart announced his intention to resign and run for mayor of Vancouver.
Singh was nominated as a PND candidate for Burnaby South in mid-September, because whenever the choice appears.
Singh faces a much more rigid battle in B.C. riding, where Stewart had only 547 more votes than the liberal candidate in 2015 than would be in Brampton's hometown. Indeed, the Liberals are privately worried that Singh could lose the Burnaby South election, causing the NDP to take him and pick a potentially more attractive leader before the next autumn general election.
After weeks of debates in Trudeau's inner circle, insiders say the prime minister has decided that the Liberals will run a candidate against Singh, rather than stand aside to give him a better shot. They say that the decision is based on the wishes of local liberals in the BC who were almost unanimous in their desire to fight in Burnaby South.
A Singh spokesman did not immediately respond to a question as to whether the leader could abandon Burnaby South and run into Brampton East instead.
The change would not be without consequences for Singh, who has come out of the way to ensure that Burnaby's voters are not a political tourist. He said that he and his wife intend to live in horseback and run there in the general election.
"I'm still on Burnaby," he said in August.
But that was before the Brampton race.
Grewal told a Facebook post that he was fighting the decision to resign for a while.
In a tweet, Trudeau said he learned on Wednesday that Grewal "faces serious personal challenges" and descends.
"Although it was a difficult decision, it was the right one. I hope it gets the support it needs," wrote Trudeau.
I'm on Burnaby
Trudeau was criticized last month when demanding a single East Ontario riding ride from Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes for December 3 while leaving Burnaby South, Montreal's Outremont race and Ontario's York-Simcoe vacant.
At the time, Trudeau claimed that the other three were only recently vacant, while the Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes had been deprived for nearly six months since the death of Conservative Gordon Brown.
Insiders say that Trudeau will set one time in early February for the other three elections. He will wait until the beginning of January to name them so that candidates will not have to campaign during the Christmas Christmas season.
If New Democrat deputy Sheila Malcolmson resigns from his new Nanaimo-Ladysmith headquarters in British Columbia, Trudeau might call that choice at the same time.
Malcolmson, who makes a leap in provincial politics, announced his intention to resign once a selection is officially named in Nanaimo's provincial voyage. The current MLA, Leonard Krog, was elected mayor of Nanaimo last month but has not yet resigned.
If Malcolmson does not leave the federal chair until January, Nanaimo-Ladysmith might end up in the same boat as Di Iorio's Saint-Leonard-Saint-Michel ride: without a deputy until the following autumn.
Bill C-76, which the government hopes will be adopted by the end of this year, would prohibit Prime Minister from appealing to an election deputy within nine months of the day set for the general election, making it the last day of January 20, appointed.