The new year is off to a pretty petty start. It's more than a week into 2019 and there’s still no byelection call for the increasing number of vacant seats in the House of Commons. In November, the Prime Minister’s Office told The Hill Times that at least three of these calls would come this month for a February vote. But byelections require a minimum 35-day campaign period, so now we’re looking at a mid- to late-February vote, at best, if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going to keep his word. At the time, in November, there were three vacant seats: Burnaby South, B.C., which was vacated by former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart when he left to run and eventually win Vancouver’s mayoral race, which took place in October; Outremont, Que., which former NDP leader Tom Mulcair left; and York-Simcoe, Ont., which was vacated by retiring Conservative MP Peter Van Loan on Sept. 30. Since then, a fourth seat has come up for grabs, with the NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson stepping down in December from her Nanaimo-Ladysmith, B.C., riding to run in a provincial byelection. All of the byelections are important; leaving thousands of Canadians without fulsome federal representation for four or five months is unacceptable—even more so because it could be avoided. But of course the most attention is being aimed at the Burnaby South race, because that’s where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has staked his claim. And his desire to finally join the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament, instead of being on a visitor’s pass, is being seen as a fun toy for Mr. Trudeau to bat about like a cat. It’s not like it’s slipped his mind. Mr. Trudeau is exceedingly fond of aligning himself with the West Coast, calling himself a “son of B.C.” owing to his time living in the province and his maternal familial connections. And while you don’t have to pass through Burnaby on the way from the Vancouver airport to Whistler, where the Trudeau family spent their holidays, it’s pretty darn close. Sure, perhaps Mr. Singh shouldn’t have gathered his supporters for a Jan. 6 rally in the riding, only to have it turn into a protest of sorts when the byelection call was still silent. That’s a little embarrassing, but he’s far from the only one making noise, with Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer also making demands for the byelections to be held promptly. And time is starting to run out. The byelection would have to be called just days prior to the House resuming on Jan. 28 in order to have a vote by Feb. 28. And this doesn’t even take into account the new rules that if anyone else leaves their federal seat after Jan. 22, there won’t be anyone to replace them, thanks to the recently passed Elections Modernization Act (Bill C-76) that prohibits byelections from being called for vacancies that come less than nine months before the fixed general election date. Mr. Trudeau doesn’t have a good—public—reason for not having already called these byelections. Any further delays, be it two days or two weeks, reflect poorly on him and his supposed commitment to positive politics.