Jan 7 2019 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — Fifteen months after being elected leader of the federal New Democrats, Jagmeet Singh still doesn’t have a seat in Parliament. And he’s urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to call by-elections immediately across the country, including in Burnaby South, where Singh hopes to succeed Kennedy Stewart as MP.
Dec 24 2018 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — At the moment, the most popular article on Straight.com is “Who will replace Jagmeet Singh as leader of the federal NDP?”. Yesterday was a slow news day, so I decided to compile a list of possible replacements for the embattled politician. It seemed like a worthwhile exercise, given the federal NDP’s low standing in the […]
Aug 21 2018 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — Two B.C. anti-abortion activists will attend this week’s Conservative policy convention in Halifax to push the party to change its position on this issue. UBC law school graduate Tabitha Ewert and Mike Schouten are with WeNeedaLAW.ca, which is campaigning for a new national law on abortion.
May 20 2018 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — A Calgary businessman and part-owner of the Nashville Predators has an unusual idea for bringing down B.C.’s NDP minority government. W. Brett Wilson stated on Twitter that he’s “thinking we should just pay a couple of folks from #PremierHorgan @NDP teamto cross the floor & give power back to the people of #BritishColumbia”.
May 3 2018 — Straight.com — An NDP MP since 2011, Stewart has been a musician, printing press operator, waiter, clerk at an electronics store, and city staffer. The Burnaby South MP is also currently on leave from SFU’s School of Public Policy, where he was a professor before entering politics.
Mar 31 2018 — Straight.com — Gian Singh Sandhu’s new book, An Uncommon Road: How Canadian Sikhs Struggled Out of the Fringes and Into the Mainstream, helps in understanding real reasons behind controversies that dogged Justin Trudeau’s recent visit to India in February, as well as NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s past involvement with Sikh activism.
Dec 19 2017 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — There have been four federal elections when the NDP was holding power in B.C. And each time, the party’s federal wing was slaughtered. This is no doubt on the mind of B.C.’s 14 NDP MPs just two years from the next federal election. It takes on added significance in the wake of the provincial cabinet’s […]
Sep 16 2017 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — Three days before New Democrats begin voting for their next federal leader, a Vancouver party stalwart has thrown her support behind Charlie Angus. “I landed with Charlie because, well, he has this common touch, and smile, and fierceness that draws me along the political path ahead of us,” former deputy leader Libby Davies said in […]
Jul 11 2017 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — Jagmeet Singh is gathering a great deal of steam in his bid to become the next leader of the federal NDP. Today, eight members of the B.C. NDP caucus endorsed the 38-year-old Ontario MPP and lawyer. One of them, Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston, said in a statement today that he’s impressed by Singh’s understanding of […]
Jul 10 2017 — Straight.com — Federal NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh is getting reports that the pro-India lobby in Canada is trying to dissuade people from getting involved in his campaign. Talking to Straight during his Vancouver tour this weekend, Singh said he’s learned from his supporters that people within the South Asian community are often discouraged from participating in […]
Jul 10 2017 — Straight.com — A Ontario provincial politician’s campaign to lead the federal New Democrats has received a boost from a twice-elected Lower Mainland MP. Today, Kennedy Stewart endorsed Jagmeet Singh to replace his soon-to-be-departed leader, Tom Mulcair. Stewart represents Burnaby South in Parliament. “Everyone I speak to in B.C. is excited about Jagmeet running for leader of the […]
Apr 16 2017 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — What might have caught some off-guard, however, was his decision to test out his Punjabi. Julian’s facility with languages will come in handy as he attempts to become the next leader of the federal New Democrats. He’s a fluent French speaker and he sometimes delivers speeches in Mandarin. In an interview with the Straight at […]
Feb 15 2017 — Sarah Leamon — Straight.com — Are you, like most Canadians, shocked and horrified by the current political climate of the United States? Are recent events, such as the Muslim ban, the reinstatement of global gag-rule, and the firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates, keeping you up at night? Are you finding cold comfort in the fact that all the […]