The federal Liberal Party has chosen a child care business owner as a challenger to NDP leader Jagmeet Singh in the upcoming elections in British Columbia.
Karen Wang, who owns the Angels Playhouse and previously ran for 2017 provincial elections with B.C. The Liberals, named Liberal candidates at the nomination meeting on the trip on Saturday.
He defeated biotechnology scientist Cyrus Eduljee, who was a product manager for Stemcell Technologies, after 123 members voted.
"I am very excited and I feel very honored to be chosen by you here," Wang said, before reading a poem which he said was written by a Chinese poet.
"My eyes are full of tears because I love this land so much," his poetry began.
Wang told reporters that he was sure he had what was needed to face Singh, because he had lived on the journey for 20 years and had strong connections in the community.
"He is not from our local community. He cannot represent you, represents us," he said.
"I believe we will have a good chance of winning at Burnaby South because I believe that at the moment I am very familiar with our community. I am one of the people here."
Wang said the three main priorities were to increase affordability of housing by increasing supply, creating more jobs and increasing public transport.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not set a date for elections in Burnaby South, which was vacated by former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, now mayor of Vancouver. Trudeau is expected to call general elections for Burnaby South, Outremont, Que., Dan York-Simcoe, Ontario. The racer at the start of the new year.
The election, expected for February, marks Singh's biggest political test to date, while he also tries to calm party concerns about fundraising, slumping elections, and a list of veteran lawmakers who say they will not run in 2019.
Singh said that he plans to focus on campaigning on the trip for the next month, so he can check "selected" from his list of tasks for the upcoming critical campaign year.
In the 2015 federal election, the NDP won Burnaby South with more than 500 votes.
A party leader who cannot win a seat usually leaves, even though that has not happened in elections since the 1940s. Singh will not say what he will do if he loses.
Company lawyer Jay Shin ran for the Conservatives in the general election, while green party leader Elizabeth May said the Green Party would not nominate candidates.
Canadian People's Party Maxime Bernier plans to appoint a candidate in the next two weeks, said spokesman Martin Masse. Because this party is very new and has just formed an electoral district association in elections, candidates will not be selected through a typical nomination voting process.
"Basically, leaders will choose candidates in each election," Masse said.
Ahead of Saturday's nomination election, Eduljee told a crowd of about 100 party members gathered in the banquet hall in Burnaby that "all countries" would watch elections in Burnaby South.