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‘Failure is not an option’: NDPers say they’re optimistic heading into 2019, despite falling political fortunes, but much rides on Singh’s byelection win

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Tanking in public opinion polls and showing a steady loss in the vote share in federal byelections since 2015, the New Democrats are pinning a lot on NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh winning the upcoming Burnaby South, B.C., byelection. 'Failure is not an option,’ says former NDP staffer Farouk Karim.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured addressing NDP staffers at an annual all-staff meeting in Ottawa on Dec. 4, during which he touched on his call for a national pharmacare program, among other things. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Despite trailing in fundraising and opinion polls, and a steady loss in vote-share in federal byelections since 2015, NDPers say they’re optimistic the party can turn things around and be competitive in 2019, but much hangs on new leader Jagmeet Singh’s upcoming byelection campaign.

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