Jagmeet Singh’s London stop offers a last minute rally to ride on the battlefield – London | The Canadian News

Wortley Village drowned in a sea of ​​orange Wednesday morning when NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was visiting London, Ontario.

Singh reached more than 100 fans waiting outside Sweet Onion Bistro in what marked one of several stops in Ontario that day.

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While he spent most of the visit mingling with supporters, taking selfies and slapping his forearms, the party leader gave a short speech on the issues the NDP has focused on throughout the 2021 election campaign.

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Singh told his followers about what he describes as the “cost of voting for liberals.”

“There is a cost when Justin Trudeau tells the indigenous people that he will give them (give them) clean water and he breaks that promise,” Singh said.

“We have seen the cost of Mr. Trudeau talking about addressing the housing crisis and instead of doing something to make it more affordable, it has actually gotten worse.”

The NDP leader also promised to tax Canada’s super-rich, invest in healthcare, and take on the major telcos with “unlimited zeal.”

“A big shout out to London, we are going to paint this city orange and we are going to make a difference for the people of this country,” Singh added, before turning to the crowd to greet supporters.

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The visit comes just five days before the federal election and takes place on a walk that may have its first NDP seat in the House of Commons.

London West lacks an incumbent in the 2021 race after Liberal MP Kate Young announced in March that she would not seek re-election. The move ended his two-term term over the leadership of the Trudeau Liberals, which he won in 2015 after beating then-Conservative incumbent and MP Ed Holder, who now serves as Mayor of London.

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The current contest for London West includes City Councilor Arielle Kayabaga for the Liberals, Rob Flack for the Conservatives, Shawna Lewkowitz for the NDP and Mike McMullen for the People’s Party of Canada.

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Cristine de Clercy, associate professor of political science at Western University, says there is still good reason to believe that Liberals, New Democrats or Conservatives could take London West, even with less than a week to go before the election.

“Particularly in light of national polls suggesting that liberals and conservatives are still fairly close to each other and that the New Democratic Party, under Mr. Singh, has been collecting votes, especially in urban districts,” he said de Clercy, who also serves as co-director of Western’s Leadership and Democracy Lab.

“It is certainly possible that London West is much more at stake than in the last election.”

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From a political analyst’s perspective, De Clercy says he will spend Election Day closely monitoring voter turnout in London West and other key constituencies, especially those lacking incumbents.

“That is a factor that worries a lot of people in this election, that too many Canadians will be left in their hands, so some races could actually be decided by lack of participation, rather than the number of people who actually voted,” De Clercy said, adding that COVID-19 also creates a new layer of uncertainty.

“Voters could decide on Election Day that the voting line is too long, there are too many people, and the weather is not good for voting.”

Canadians will go to the polls on September 20.

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