The Burnaby South byelection takes place today.Burnaby South was vacated by former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart last October, when he was voted in as Vancouver’s mayor.Those hoping to fill the empty seat include 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.The polls are open Monday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check back for more byelection coverage.• In the 2015 election, the New Democrats beat the Liberals by just over 500 votes.• Lee is running after Karen Wang stepped down earlier this year 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 seeking a seat for Maxime Bernier’s newly formed PPC. She has been vocal against SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) education in B.C.’s education curriculum.• Green party Leader Elizabeth May said her party will respect the “leader’s courtesy” by not running a candidate against Singh.
This is a screen shot of the Burnaby South riding from Elections BC.
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