Jagmeet Singh hopes charm will get young voters out to double NDP seat count

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This is Jagmeet Singh’s second election as the leader of the federal NDP. In 2019, he was the new face of the party with high expectations.

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“We are committed to changing the way we do things. We want to do things differently,” Singh said in October 2019, though his message did not resonate with voters, with the party down from 44, only 24 seats. was going to win.

This was the NDP’s worst electoral performance since 2004.


This time, Singh has experimented with a charmingly aggressive one, wherein his personality resonates with people of all political affiliations. He has topped the polls as the most liked leader and his campaign has been seen as one targeted towards young voters.

This similarity has been prompted in part by his presence on social media, particularly TikTok, where he is the only leader with an account.

@thejagmeetsinghYouth are going to create history in the next election!!! ##greenscreenvideosstroma so we dance – and
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The NDP platform involves more expenditure than any other party, especially on social events. It has a focus on health care, including pharmacare, dental care, and the phase-out of private long-term care operators.

These programs will partly be paid for in the form of a proposed tax increase on Canada’s top earners as an additional one percent on incomes over $10 million.

The party also wants to tax companies that made huge profits during the pandemic.

“We believe the super rich should be paid their fair share,” Singh said in his campaign. “Companies like Amazon, which are making profits in our country, should pay taxes in our country. And we can use that revenue to invest in people, solve people’s problems and help people.”

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Despite his taxation plan, for most of the campaign, Singh, who is running in Burnaby South, faced criticism for his lack of clarity on how the party plans to pay for some of its most expensive platform promises. How was formed, forcing the party to issue a cost. stage just nine days before the election.

The total cost over the five years is an estimated $214 billion. By comparison, the Conservatives promised $58 billion over the next five years and the Liberals proposed $78 billion.

When it comes to environmental action, Singh has consistently held his ground.

“Let me tell you, you’re not stuck with these two,” he has said of the leaders of liberals and conservatives. “The better is possible. We can invest in a clean economy, we can end fossil fuel subsidies, we are building clean transportation, and we can invest in provinces and territories to fight the climate crisis. “

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But Singh’s climate forum has also been criticized for being too light on the details, the key suggesting the plan is too vague and overwatered.

The NDP aims to double its number of seats to 50, ultimately hoping to maintain the balance of power in a minority government.

In the event Monday’s vote ends with neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives having enough seats to form a majority government, Singh has not confirmed who he would consider supporting.

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