Singh disappointed by NDP collapse in Quebec byelection, vows more effort


OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party’s collapse in Monday’s federal byelection in Quebec is very disappointing and shows he has a lot of work to do before the 2019 general election.

The New Democrat candidate finished a distant third Monday in a byelection held in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, taking just 8.7 per cent of the vote in a riding where the NDP won in 2011 and finished a close second in 2015.

The dismal result marks the second time since Singh became leader last fall that the party has been reduced to the role of bystander in a Quebec byelection.

Last October, the NDP finished a distant fourth in Lac-Saint-Jean, where it had run a close second in 2015.

Singh says he’s willing to consider any and all options to recreate the orange wave that swept the province in 2011, including touring more often and adopting policies that will resonate more with Quebec voters.

In Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, Conservative Richard Martel benefited from the collapse of both the NDP and Bloc Quebecois to steal the seat away from the ruling Liberals.

The Canadian Press