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Opposition party leaders urge Prime Minister Trudeau to call all by-elections

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On Oct. 28, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to call only one of four pending byelections to fill vacancies in the House of Commons, even though Elections Canada has provided a notice for each riding indicating all of them are in the proper position to hold elections.

The prime minister’s decision to delay the other three byelections denies hundreds of thousands of Canadians their simple democratic right to be represented in Parliament and to have their voices heard.

The longstanding tradition in Canada is to call the byelections for all vacant seats at the same time. However, Prime Minister Trudeau has offered no clear explanation as to why he only called a byelection date in Leeds-Grenville while the 334,000 Canadians in Burnaby-South, York-Simcoe, and Outremont should continue to go without federal representation.

While the parties we lead disagree on what solutions are best for the challenges facing Canadians, we are in complete agreement that Canadians deserve to have elected representation as soon as possible.

We urge the prime minister to do what’s best for Canadians in these ridings and immediately call the by-elections for all vacant seats in the House of Commons.

Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada Mario Beaulieu, leader of the Bloc Québécois
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