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Singh launched NDP byelection campaign in wrong Scarborough riding

Singh launched NDP byelection campaign in wrong Scarborough riding
From CBC - December 13, 2017

When newly-minted NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh attended the campaign kick-off for his party's candidate in the Scarborough-Agincourt byelection, he enthused that it was like coming home.

"This is incredible," he told supporters gathered at the Black Gold Cafe.

"This is literally where I was born. This has a nice homecoming feel."

While it might have been home to Singh, it was not Scarborough-Agincourt. The cafe is actually situated about a kilometre outside the Toronto riding in the neighbouring electoral district of Scarborough North.

A Singh spokesman did not respond to a request for an explanation.

But launching a campaign in the wrong riding might account at least in part for the NDP's all-but non-existent showing in Scarborough-Agincourt on Monday. It certainly ca not have helped.

Liberal Jean Yip retained the riding that had been held by her husband, Arnold Chan, until his untimely death from cancer in September. She captured 49.4 per cent of the vote, followed by Conservative Dasong Zou who pulled in 40.5 per cent.

New Democrat Brian Chang wound up with just 5.1 per cent, down almost three percentage points from the NDP's already poor showing in the riding during the 2015 general election. He scraped together fewer than 1,000 votes.

The NDP share of the vote similarly declined in the other three ridings where byelections were held Monday, as it did in two October byelections held about a month after Singh took the helm of the party.

The most jarring result for New Democrats was likely in Lac-Saint-Jean, a Quebec riding in which the party had finished a close second in 2015 but wound up a distant fourth in October as the Liberals stole the riding from the Conservatives. It seemed further evidence that the tide has gone out on the orange wave that swept the province in 2011 under Jack Layton.

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