On Monday night, Canadians delivered a fractured and ambiguous election result.
Justin Trudeau, the country’s scandal-ridden Liberal prime minister, watched his parliamentary majority evaporate — but will nonetheless return to power at the head of a minority government.
In October, Canadian voters will get the chance to elect a new Conservative government or re-elect the current Liberal one, under the leadership of prime minister Justin Trudeau.
From a distance, this may not seem like a particularly taxing decision.
A week ago, Jagmeet Singh’s leadership of the NDP was hanging in the balance.
If the 40-year old former Ontario legislator failed to win the Burnaby South by-election on 25 February, he faced being ignominiously sacked by his own federal caucus in Ottawa.
It’s early Friday evening, and Jagmeet Singh is standing under a blanket of BC rain, surrounded by a small team of activists and advisors, pitching for votes.
24 hours ago, CBC broke a nightmare story for the federal NDP leader: either he wins the upcoming by-election in Burnaby South—a diverse, suburban riding on the outskirts of East Vancouver—or his short tenure at the helm of Canada’s third largest party will be over.