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Singh to seek B.C. seat

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BURNABY, B.C.—Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh took aim at the Liberal government's investment in the Trans Mountain pipeline, and its lack of spending on housing and Pharmacare, while announcing he'll run for a seat in Parliament in Burnaby, B.C.

Singh announced yesterday his candidacy for the riding of Burnaby South, which former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart recently gave up to run for mayor in Vancouver.

Singh said he's running because he wants the government to invest in housing and universal coverage of prescription medications.

“I'm running because we don't need our government to invest public dollars, billions of public dollars, in a 65-year-old leaky pipeline,” he remarked.

“We need our government to invest in clean energies for today and tomorrow, clean energy jobs.”

The expanded Trans Mountain pipeline will triple the amount of diluted bitumen running through Burnaby to a terminal on the city's shore.

Singh has opposed the expansion and called for a more thorough environmental review.

Singh doesn't live in the riding but said a national leader will represent the issues that touch the people of Burnaby.

He promised to move with his wife to the riding if elected.

“Housing is a massive issue and pushing hard on these issues is what people want to see happen,” Singh said.

“We need to push the government because their plan to invest in housing two years from now doesn't make any sense when we know there is a housing crisis right now.”

If he wins the byelection, Singh said he also will run in the riding in the general election in 2019.

No date has been set for the byelection.

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