Jagmeet Singh said he was confident that he would continue as the leader of the NDP despite failing to garner a large seat in Monday’s election.
At a post-poll press conference in Vancouver on Tuesday morning, Mr Singh said he felt secure under his leadership, and that he still had the party’s support. He said the NDP ran a campaign which its members are proud of.
“I feel really confident about it,” he said, adding that he wants the Canadian people to know that the NDP will continue to fight for them in parliament.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the NDP was leading or elected in 25 ridings. This would mean that the party would gain only one seat from the total. in the last parliament. NDP Will be fourth in the House of Commons.
ahead of the NDP would be the Liberals, who were leading or elected in 158 ridings; Orthodox, with 119; and Block Quebecois, with 34. The Greens were selected in two ridings.
Mr Singh said that although he was happy to see several NDP MPs elected, he was disappointed that many of his party’s candidates would not join Ottawa. “It’s not only a loss for me as a leader, not only for the New Democrats as a team, but it’s a loss for Canada,” he said.
A reporter asked Mr Singh what would happen if the NDP retained the balance of power in the new minority parliament. Earlier this week, Mr Singh said his party’s proposed property tax would be his No. 1 priority in minority status. On Tuesday, he once again said the rich should help pay for the government’s response to the pandemic. He said strengthening Canada’s health care system is a major issue for the NDP.
The NDP was on the offensive in the final stages of the campaign, with the party thinking it might be able to ride into Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. In the end, however, almost all the seats the party won were one. Keep going to the election. The NDP lost St. John’s East, formerly its only ride across Atlantic Canada.
The party won two new rides: Bonita Zarillo won at Port Moody-Coquitlam in BC, and Blake Desjarls took Edmonton-Grisbach in Alberta. Both seats were previously held by the Conservatives. And the NDP took on Nunavut, where Lori Idlout was not elected for re-election after Mumilaq Kakkak, an NDP MP who has represented the area since 2019.
Mr Singh launched a campaign that combined messages of positive change with attacks on the Liberal government. Monday’s election was his second election as party leader.
The election was the first time in a decade that the NDP had increased its total seat tally compared to the previous parliament. The last time was in 2011, when it achieved official opposition status with 103 seats under former leader Jack Layton. The NDP under former leader Tom Mulcair won 44 seats in 2015 and Mr Singh won 24 in 2019.
Carl Belanger, who has held several senior positions with the NDP, including national director, said he believed the party would continue to support Mr Singh’s leadership. Polls showed that Mr Singh was personally popular with voters before this election, and the NDP’s vote share increased compared to 2019.
“I think those are indicators that will be seen as positive progress by the New Democrats,” said Belanger, now a political commentator and chairman of Traxian Strategies. “They’ll definitely give him another shot.”
With a report by Bill Curry
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