Singh apologizes for taking so long to visit New Brunswick

BATHURST – Jagmeet Singh apologized Monday for waiting so long before going to New Brunswick. It was the first time he had visited the province since being elected leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) in 2017.
Speaking to reporters in Bathurst, in the northeastern part of the province, Singh emphasized that New Democrats take New Brunswick seriously and that their election promises focus on issues that matter to the region. including health and employment insurance.

The leader of the NDP did not try to justify his two-year absence, only to be repentant.

“I’m sorry and I’m sorry, but I’m here now and I can not wait to continue to be here and return to this beautiful place and New Brunswick,” he said.

Mr. Singh unveiled his candidate in Acadie-Bathurst, a riding represented by New Democrat Yvon Godin from 1997 until his retirement in 2015.

Last August, Mr. Godin criticized the absence of Mr. Singh in the region. He was nevertheless smiling by his side on Monday, to present the one who hopes to succeed him: Daniel Thériault, the former director general of the Acadian Festival of Caraquet and the Fédération culturelle acadienne of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Singh is hopeful that the one he describes as a “star candidate” will continue the fight formerly led by Mr. Godin to defend the French language in the most francophone constituency outside Quebec. He will face outgoing Liberal MP Serge Cormier.

Promising promises

On Monday morning, Mr. Singh repeated his key promises in the Atlantic Provinces, universal drug coverage and full dental coverage for every family with less than $ 70,000 in family income.

It has also recycled the NDP promises to lower the eligibility threshold for EI benefits to 360 hours and to increase sickness benefits to 50 weeks.

Singh also committed to modernizing the Official Languages ​​Act “right now” if he is elected prime minister in October.

In a press release later in the day, the Société de l’Acadie New Brunswick (SANB) said it enthusiastically welcomed this desire to better reflect “the specificity of New Brunswick and the linguistic reality of Canada in 2019”.

“Will the other parties have the courage to follow suit with Mr. Singh?” SANB President Robert Melanson wrote, inviting the other five leaders to make a strong commitment.

Basin of applications still incomplete

Mr. Thériault thus completes New Democratic nominations in New Brunswick.

“It was our strategy to delay the announcement because we wanted to have a good impact,” he said. And now that Mr. Singh knows us, he will come back often. ”

The NDP also has a complete list of candidates in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the party has nominated candidates in five out of seven ridings. There are a total of 10 nominations remaining nationwide, and of these, nine are in the process of being nominated. confirmed, a party spokesman said Monday.

Jagmeet Singh argues that the process of nominating candidates was prolonged because the party was seeking to recruit more women. They are often reluctant to make the leap into politics because, unlike most men, they do not see themselves reflected in the pool of elected officials and doubt their skills, according to the NDP leader.

He points out that his team is now made up of a record number of nominees from Indigenous Peoples, sexual diversity and racialized communities – and 49% of nominations are from women.

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