Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the NDP, greeted a crowd of hundreds of people in Penticton at a rally for local candidate Richard Cannings. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Hundreds turn out for Singh, NDP candidate rally in Penticton

The messaging was clear, NDP “chooses you”

Hundreds of Southern Interior residents turned up for the Jagmeet Singh rally in Penticton on Oct. 19, and the messaging was from the NDP leader was clear – he is ready to represent the nation’s middle class.

The event took place in the South Okanagan – West Kootenay riding to endorse local candidate and incumbent Richard Cannings. According to recent polls by 338Canada, the riding is in a dead heat between the NDP and the Conservative Party.

Joan Phillips, the NDP candidate in the Central Okanagan–Similkameen–Nicola riding, Justin Kulik, the NDP candidate in the Kelowna–Lake Country riding, and Harwinder Sandhu, the NDP candidate in North Okanagan – Shuswap riding were also in attendance on Saturday night.

READ MORE: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh returns to Penticton Oct. 19

“We’ve all been so amazed at how well Jagmeet is doing, not that I am amazed, but I am so glad that the country is finally seeing him for what he is,” said Cannings, speaking to Singh’s recent surge in popularity. “He stuck to our message that he is going to stand up for people, not for corporations. We’re standing up for people, for real action on climate change, for affordable housing, those are some of things that matter to people here.”

Phillips introduced Singh, warming up the crowd by comparing the party and herself to Robin Hood, by taking from the rich to distribute to the poor. And Singh carried this messaging throughout his speech as well.

He took aim at the “richest Canadians and mega corporations who need to start paying their fair share,” outlined his plan to make “meaningful reconciliation with the countries first people” and discussed the need for “real climate action.”

Singh also broke down the rhetoric that the choice in this election is between the Liberal Party and Conservative Party, saying these parties don’t own residents votes and they “can demand more from these parties because they don’t own this country.”

He finished by summarizing what his entire campaign has been about, stating he “chooses you” over the wealthy residents and big corporations.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Jordyn Thomson | Reporter
JordynThomson 
Send Jordyn Thomson an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the NDP, greeted a crowd of hundreds of people in Penticton at a rally for local candidate Richard Cannings. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Just Posted

Salmon Arm demonstrators show unity with Black Lives Matter movement

Participants speak out against systemic racism and targeting of vulnerable populations

RCMP seek to identify person of interest in Salmon Arm arson investigation

Police believe a June 4 residential garage fire was deliberately set

Revelstoke, North Okanagan RCMP team up to nab Alberta man, stolen BMW

Helicopter, dogs used in North Okanagan highway arrest

Salmon Arm West bridge construction expected to begin in fall 2020

Budget for Highway 1 project up $20 million over intial 2016 estimate

No active confirmed COVID-19 cases in Interior Health: BCCDC

Numbers from the BCCDC’s dashboard show 193 of the 195 COVID-19 cases in the region have recovered

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Penticton Search and Rescue respond to six calls in less than a week

Two hikers rescued in early morning search near Greyback Lake latest in series of searches

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rescinds all Grand Forks-area evacuation orders

Evacuation alerts for 1,136 Boundary properties remain in effect as officials monitor forecasts

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

In photos: Modified, yet traditional graduation gives Penticton graduates a sense of normalcy

Students around Penticton take part in pre-recorded graduation ceremonies

Filming to resume safely later in June: Okanagan Film Commission

Film commissioner Jon Summerland said they want to start filming again later in June

Kelowna RCMP investigate woman’s sudden death

Criminality is not suspected at this time, according to RCMP

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Most Read