Evening Brief: Wheels finally turning on byelection bus

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Well, that didn’t take long. After taking heat since October, when he called a vote in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes and left other ridings in limbo, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called three federal byelections for Feb. 25, including a hotly contested Metro Vancouver seat sought by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

Voters in Burnaby South, as well as Outremont, Que., and YorkSimcoe, Ont., will head to the polls next month to elect new representatives. The new MPs will serve until Octobers general election.

It had been expected that Trudeau would call byelections this month for February, with opposition leaders hounding the prime minister for weeks over his failure to promptly call the votes.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is seeking election in Burnaby South. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood

Burnaby South is poised to be the most closely-watched race of the day, with polls suggesting Singh will be in for a tough time to retain the riding for the NDP. Kennedy Stewart, who won the riding in 2015, resigned earlier this year to successfully seek election as mayor of Vancouver.

A pending byelection in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, B.C., was not called on Wednesday. CBC News says they were told by sources in the PMO that this was done to avoid confusion wi....

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