WINNIPEG / VANCOUVER, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Sports dance movements on TikTok videos in his neon turbansiconic, the leader of the left-wing New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP), Jagmeet Singh, is set to recover from a 2019 electoral error and strengthen his position as kingmaker in the country's next government.
Singh, the first member of a visible minority to lead a major Canadian federal party, helped support the Liberal minority government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for two years and was able to resume this role. A close race means liberals or conservatives can end up with another minority after the September 20 election.
Singh, 42, criminal defense lawyer turned chief of the NDP in 2017, overtakes Trudeau and Conservative Leader Erin O 'Toole in personal popularity, according to polls and surveys. But the NDP is lagging behindes two parties in the polls, with 20% support among undecided voters, compared to 32% for Liberals and Conservatives, according to a Leger poll on Tuesday.
The NDP campaign has been on the offensive, with Singh visiting almost exclusively districts where the party has no seats, a party official said.
The party, which currently has 24 seats in Parliament, claims to have more money than in 2019, when it finished third, and is actively trying to capitalize on Singh's popularity and his social media savvy.
Singh's TikTok videos regularly attract over a million views and he quickly jumps to Instagram and Snapchat with the updates campaign update. Last year, he faced Democrat US Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the popular video game Among Us, in a live fundraiser. In the last days of the campaign, the NPD plans to stage him in the Nintendo video game Animal Crossing and plans to project his image on the sides of buildings.
What will this mean? in addition to votes is not clear. The NDP could also see its traditional youth base affected by the lack of college polling stations this year, due to restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the party has a higher tendency in the polls this time around than in 2019.
"People don't didn't really know Jagmeet Singh in the last election, "said Nikki Hill, who once helped lead federal NDP campaigns and is now a political strategist for Earnscliffe. "What they 've seen over the past two years is someone they really identify with.
Over the past two years, Singh has insisted on more social spending by the Liberal government and resisted previous government maneuvers to call an election, claiming it didn 't 'was not needed in a pandemic.
Another minority government would cause the Liberals or Conservatives to rely on Singh to support the next government, giving the NDP the opportunity to push for concessions on its priority issues such as government-paid drugs or dental care, raising taxes on the rich, raising the minimum wage and canceling student debt.
"People are fed up with being taken for granted by the liberals," Singh told Hfrance.fr. "Things haven't gotten better, they got worse, so they're looking forward to somethingdifferent. "
Asked what commonalities the NDP could work with with the Liberals or the Conservatives, he said: " I am less interested in getting involved in a party (to work with). I am committed to working on things that will improve people's lives. "
" If anyone wants to work with me tax them super-rich, I urge people to do it, "Singh added.
Trudeau warned that progressive votes for the NDP in the instead of the liberals, can help elect the Tories, and he criticized Singh's climate plan for lack of detail.
The NDP has committed $ 200 billion Canadian dollars ($ 158.2 billion) in new spending over five years, and promises to cut emissions by 50% by 2030 from 2005 levels. But in a recent debate between dirElders, Singh sidestepped the question of whether he would cancel the expansion of the government-owned Trans Mountain pipeline.
The NDP must picking up victories in British Columbia and the city of Toronto to consolidate big gains, in part benefiting a dysfunctional Green Party, pollsters say. up to six seats in Canada's largest city, Toronto, according to a senior Conservative official.
The NDP may have more leverage in the next t government because polls indicate it might be the only losing party, other than the Conservatives or the Liberals, with enough circumion seats to pass bills, said Avery Shenfeld, CIBC chief economist .
Winning everything is perhaps a step too far for the NDP, which has never held power at the federal level. In his best performancence, he landed a shocking second place in 2011 and became the official opposition for a few years.
On a late campaign shutdown In August in Winnipeg, Indigenous leaders appeared with Singh at a press conference before unexpectedly endorsing a Liberal in a Manitoba parliamentary district.
Singh looked awkwardly.
" All campaigns struggle at some point "said Alex Marland, professor of political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Other reporting by Julie Gordon and David Ljunggren in Ottawa Edit by Alistair Bell
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