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OTTAWA—The New Democratic Party exodus continued last week, with two more veterans announcing they would not seek re-election. Linda Duncan and Irene Mathyssen joined five others from three different provinces who have already announced they will not re-offer. One has already stepped down to run for mayor of Vancouver, which gives Jagmeet Singh a chance to finally get a seat in the House of Commons. But what happens if Singh does not win the byelection? Could he be

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B.C. byelection may be Singh’s last hope, as NDP exits further tarnish his leadership

By Sheila Copps      

If NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh loses the byelection in Burnaby South, more members of his caucus will likely opt not to run in 2019. But a win could trigger a national surge for the party.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured in the House of Commons foyer, has failed to significantly improve his party's standing in national opinion polls since taking the helm of the party last year. Mr. Singh, centre, is flanked by NDP MPs, from left, Brigitte Sansoucy, Guy Caron, Kennedy Stewart—who is resigning his seat, effective in the middle of September—and Alexandre Boulerice. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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