NDP MP Peter Ju­lian slams Trudeau for not call­ing by­elec­tion in Burn­aby South

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Ot­tawa: New Democrats are blast­ing Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau for call­ing a by­elec­tion in an On­tario rid­ing as ten­sions mount over when a by­elec­tion will be called for a B.C. rid­ing where NDP Leader Jag­meet Singh has been named a can­di­date. Trudeau called a by­elec­tion Sun­day for the rid­ing of Leeds Grenville Thou­sand Is­lands and Rideau Lakes. But there are cur­rently four va­cant seats in Par­lia­ment, in­clud­ing Burn­aby South, where Singh has said he will run as soon as a by­elec­tion is called.

New Demo­crat MP Peter Ju­lian says Trudeau’s de­ci­sion not to call the other by­elec­tions to­day is “petty and ma­nip­u­la­tive,” and he ac­cused the prime min­is­ter of play­ing around with elec­tions. “For him to pick and choose which rid­ing gets demo­cratic rep­re­sen­ta­tion is out­ra­geous,” Ju­lian said.

The gov­ern­ment must call a by­elec­tion within six months af­ter a seat is va­cated, and it has un­til March 18 at the lat­est to call one for Burn­aby South. Ac­cord­ing to Elec­tions Canada, the gov­ern­ment had to an­nounce the by­elec­tion for the On­tario rid­ing by Oct. 30.

Vot­ers in Leed­s_­grenville_ Thou­sand Is­lands and Rideau Lakes will head to the polls on Dec. 3 to elect their new mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. The rid­ing was pre­vi­ously held by the late Gord Brown, a Con­ser­va­tive MP who died sud­denly in May af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack in his Par­lia­ment Hill of­fice.

Ju­lian said that while Trudeau was forced by the Canada Elec­tions Act to call the by­elec­tion for Leeds_ Grenville_t­hou­sand Is­lands and Rideau Lakes, there is no rea­son why he couldn’t have called all four by­elec­tions to­day.

A gov­ern­ment spokesper­son said the other seats were only va­cated more re­cently. In ad­di­tion to Burn­aby South, the other va­cant rid­ings in­clude the Que­bec rid­ing of Outremont, which was pre­vi­ously held by for­mer leader of the NDP Thomas Mul­cair, and the On­tario rid­ing of York-sim­coe, pre­vi­ously held by Con­ser­va­tive MP Peter Van Loan. Both an­nounced their po­lit­i­cal re­tire­ments over the sum­mer.

Peter Ju­lian

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