SINGH, WANG KICK OFF CAMPAIGNS IN BURNABY SOUTH
NDP leader took heat online over confusion regarding CTV Question Period interview
Jagmeet Singh says he is “aware” the Chinese ambassador published an editorial accusing Canada of white supremacy.
His comments came hours after the federal NDP leader took a bashing for an appearance on CTV Question Period on Sunday, when he asked “who accused who of white supremacy?” following questions on China’s ambassador to Canada’s publishing an editorial last week accusing Canada of white supremacy when it comes to handling Meng Whanzhou’s case.
The question was referring to the case of two Canadians detained in China, in what experts are calling a tit-for-tat retaliatory response to Canadian authorities detaining the chief financial officer of telecom giant Huawei on the request of the United States.
“I didn’t hear what he had said … and once given the question, I responded,” Singh said when asked if he knew about the op-ed. “Yes, I was aware. … I expressed that there is a deep concern on the part of Canada for people being detained.”
Singh, who is vying for his first seat in the House of Commons, held his official campaign kickoff at his offices on Royal Oak Ave. on Sunday, two hours before Liberal candidate Karen Wang’s launch at her offices on Kingsway St. blocks away.
Wang said her message to Beijing is that Canada’s independent law system should be respected.
“I have confidence in both countries,” she said at her campaign office. “They will solve this issue in a peaceful way, in a positive way, in a win-win solution.”
Both stayed on message during their launches, and saw roughly 100 supporters attend. Singh reiterated the need for immediate affordable housing, universal pharmacare and environmental protections. Wang repeated her personal story of deep roots in Burnaby and prioritized a strong, stable economy and creation of more jobs.
The longtime Burnaby South resident has already criticized Singh for his lack of community ties. Meanwhile, Singh told his crowd of supporters that he plans to spend all of his time in the riding.
The Burnaby South byelection is Feb. 25.
Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh hosted his campaign kickoff Sunday. He told supporters that he plans to spend all his time in the riding.
Liberal candidate Karen Wang, a longtime Burnaby South resident, has criticized Jagmeet Singh for his lack of ties to the community.