Burnaby South residents will vote in one of three federal byelections in Canada on Monday.The polls open at Deer Lake Centre II at 4940 Canada Way at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.Burnaby South, which was vacated by former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, now Vancouver’s mayor, is an important race for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who is vying for a seat in Parliament.Liberal Richard T. Lee, Conservative Jay Shin, independent candidates Terry Grimwood and Valentine Wu, and People’s Party of Canada candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson are also running in Burnaby South.
This is a screen shot of the Burnaby South riding from Elections BC.
Lee is running after Karen Wang stepped down earlier this after singling out Singh’s ethnicity in an online post. Tyler Thompson, who ran unsuccessfully for a school-trustee position on the Burnaby school board, is the first candidate running for a seat for Maxime Bernier’s newly formed PPC.Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said her party will respect the “leader’s courtesy” by not running a candidate against Singh.It could be a close election to watch. The New Democrats beat the Liberals by just over 500 votes in the riding in the 2015 election.Byelections are also being held in the Ontario riding of York–Simcoe and the Quebec riding of Outremont.