More than 200 people were turned away at the doors of a Penticton
Lakeside Resort ballroom Saturday night as federal NDP Leader Jagmeet
Singh addressed a crowd of 500 supporters.
With incumbent New Democrat Richard Cannings polling with a 3% lead on
Conservative candidate Helena Konanz as of Thursday, the “UpRiSingh”
rally in the South Okanagan was a late push at securing final votes
Singh is the only federal leader to make a final stop in the Okanagan
in the dying days of the campaign.
Singh addressed a number of key platform promises including affordable
health care, affordable housing and tackling global warming.
“I know that a lot of people can’t find housing,” he said. “More and
more, it’s a struggle to find a place call home. The dream of owning a
home is no longer a dream; it’s a fantasy. Young people shouldn’t be afraid of the future.”
He did make some quips at his opponents, criticizing Liberal Leader
Justin Trudeau for failing to make medication cheaper after promising
to do so, and drawing laughs from the crowd when he said he doesn’t
“know what (Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s) even trying to say.”
“Maybe (the Conservatives) will save you a couple of dollars, but when
they cut taxes, what else do they cut? Services,” he said.
Singh promised the room he would “not ever work with a Conservative government.”
“I was kind of troubled to hear from the leader of the Green Party
when she said that she would be willing to," he said.
Singh addressed the cost of cell phone and internet plans, promising to cap the amount providers can charge customers.
He also said an NDP government would build 500,000 new affordable
homes across the country, and promised to fight for better access to
services for Indigenous peoples.
“At the heart of everything we do, know that reconciliation has to be
done honestly with the basic dignity and respect of the first people
of this land, which means clean drinking water … equal access to
education and basic respect,” he said.
Singh had the crowd jumping as he signed autographs, posed for selfies
with supporters and met with members of the crowd.
Singh is campaigning in Vancouver on Sunday. The election is Monday.
This is Singh's second recent visit to the riding. He attended a Penticton
Vees game with candidate Richard Cannings on Aug. 28, about two weeks
prior to the writ being dropped.
Scheer was last in the riding on July 1 when he went door knocking with candidate Helena Konanz. Scheer was also in Kelowna-Lake Country during the campaign.
Trudeau did not come to the Okanagan during the campaign.