When Jagmeet Singh announced he was running in the Burnaby South byelection, I wasn’t sure how committed he would be to actually campaigning in the riding.
After all, when you’re the leader of a federal party like the NDP, it’s hard to stay away from Ottawa when there is so much going on. It’s also tough to not be travelling around the country rallying supporters and helping raise money during a crucial election year.
It’s a tough situation when you are a party leader, but don’t have a seat in Parliament.
Maybe you don’t like Singh or his politics, but you can’t say he hasn’t been campaigning at a furious pace in Burnaby South.
Singh has been all over the riding, attending every event he can possibly squeeze in – as well as moving into a home in the community.
He’s also been holding pressers pretty much every day in an attempt to get across his platform ideas.
Today, Singh called on the feds to implement “immediate measures to lower the cost of prescription drugs for Canadians and make pharmaceutical companies more accountable to patients.”
“While big pharmaceutical companies have record profits, a growing number of Canadian families are facing tough choices when it comes to their medications,” Singh said in a news release. “The Trudeau government is choosing to allow Canadians to be forced to pay sky-high prices for drugs, rather than go up against the big pharmaceutical companies.”
Singh also claimed that the Trudeau government has met with pharmaceutical lobbyists more than 680 times, and indefinitely postponed their “promise to fix the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board which would reduce drug prices by as much as 20%.”
This is just one of several announcements connected to Pharmacare. The federal NDP is staking a lot on its platform surrounding this, although they haven’t released much in the way of details on it.
Election day is coming soon – Feb. 25 – and the pressure to win is mounting for Singh.
As always, make sure you are registered to vote.