New Democrat M-Ps could be without a permanent leader until after the federal election in 2019 if Ontario M-P-P Jagmeet Singh gets the job.
Singh tells The Canadian Press he’d prefer to forego seeking a Commons seat until the next election two years hence, opting instead to spend time reaching out to Canadians and visiting different parts of the country.
Such a move would be reminiscent of Jack Layton, who was crowned N-D-P leader in 2003, but did not seek a seat in the House of Commons until the federal election the following year.
Layton died of cancer not long after navigating a milestone 2011 election campaign.
Other candidates in the running to replace tom Mulcair are northern Ontario’s Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton from Manitoba and Quebec’s Guy Caron.