NDP MP Kennedy Stewart seriously considering Vancouver mayoral run
If he were to run in Vancouver’s October election, Stewart said, he would have to file his papers by September and would announce his resignation as an MP before then. “I don’t think I could file to stand as a candidate and still be a member of Parliament,” he said.
Stewart said he’s already spoken with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh about a possible mayoral run, and he has the leader’s support.
His resignation would open up a seat in an NDP stronghold in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, at a time when the federal leader seems to be considering whether to seek a seat in the House of Commons.
Last month, reports suggested Singh was seriously considering a run in former leader Tom Mulcair’s riding in Outremont, Que., potentially a risky choice for a leader from outside the province. Stewart said he’d “fully support” Singh running to replace him in Burnaby South instead.
“It is a very friendly seat,” he said. “I’d expect if there’s a by-election there that we’d retain it.” A spokesperson for Singh said only that Singh is “open to counsel” on seeking a seat and will consider all options.