It had been the practice of Trudeau’s predecessors to extend the courtesy of a swift byelection call to seatless opposition leaders. Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien, Stockwell Day, and Stephen Harper all benefited from the practice.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is merely using his prerogative to wait up to six months after a vacancy occurs to set a date to fill the seat that NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, right, is eyeing, writes Chantal Hébert. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
By sitting on a byelection call for the B.C. riding of Burnaby South, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is deliberately stalling NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s bid to enter the House of Commons.
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This campaign is not defined by any overarching issue, and has become ‘personal’ and ‘ugly’ between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, says pollster and Ipsos president Darrell Bricker.