Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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(Federal-ByElxns)(Audio:01)

N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh has won his do-or-die bid to capture his first seat in the House of Commons.

Singh won 38 per cent of the vote in the B-C riding of Burnaby South, beating Liberal Richard T. Lee by about three-thousand votes.

But Singh retains his shaky grip on N-D-P reins as the party suffered the simultaneous loss of former leader Tom Mulcair's riding in Montreal, which he won in 2007 and which launched the N-D-P's orange wave that swept Quebec and vaulted them to official Opposition status in 2011.

Liberal lawyer Rachel Bendayan took 40 per cent of the vote to win Outremont over the N-D-P's Julia (HOO'-lee-yuh) Sanchez.

And in the night's third byelection, Conservative Scot Davidson handily hung onto the southern Ontario riding of York-Simcoe.(1)

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(Burnaby-Byelection-Singh)(Audio:04)

N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh is promising to use his new position as a member of Parliament to pressure the Trudeau government to take action on the affordable housing crisis in British Columbia.

In his victory speech, the former Ontario legislator called for the fast-tracking of investments to build new co-operative and non-market housing.

Singh's other priorities are fighting climate change and implementing universal prescription-drug coverage.(1)

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(SNC-Lavalin)

Jody Wilson-Raybould is free to speak.

The former federal attorney general can finally tell her side of the S-N-C-Lavalin saga to the Commons justice committee and ethics commissioner, now that an order-in-council published Monday evening lifts some confidentiality restrictions that were keeping her silenced.

There are allegations Prime Minister Trudeau's office pressured her to pursue a remediation agreement rather than criminal prosecution related to fraud charges against S-N-C.

Trudeau is waiving solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality for Wilson-Raybould, meaning she can speak about conversations she's had with Trudeau and others in his office. …

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