Richard Lee has a special guest coming to campaign for him.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join the Liberal Party of Canada byelection and supporters in Burnaby South on Sunday.
Trudeau, mired in a controversy about why Jody Wilson-Raybould was pushed out as attorney general, will be speaking along with Lee at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at Deer Lake in Burnaby at 4:30 p.m.
Lee is running against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. Political tradition has had parties not running candidates against party leaders (the federal Greens adhered to this tradition by not running anyone in this byelection). Not only are the Liberals running Lee, but now the prime minister is actually campaigning in the riding.
“Justin Trudeau and I are the only team that has a positive plan to strengthen the middle class, invest in new affordable housing and public transit, protect a healthy environment, and offer real help to Burnaby South families,” Lee is quoted as saying in a statement. “I will be a committed, local champion on Justin Trudeau’s team in Parliament, and will never stop working hard to make life better for families in Burnaby South.”
Trudeau has been staging a series of townhalls across Canada in recent weeks. The Liberal news release did not say what format Trudeau’s appearance will take.
On Sunday, Singh will attend the 46th Annual Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival and Parade celebrating the new year in the Chinese lunar calendar.
These are the candidates for Burnaby South, according to Elections Canada:
- Terry Grimwood, independent
- Richard Lee, Liberal Part of Canada
- Jay Shin, Conservative Party of Canada
- Jagmeet Singh, New Democratic Party of Canada
- Laura-Lynn Thompson, People’s Party of Canada
- Valentine Wu, independent
Voters go to the polls on Feb. 25.