The Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha Gurdwara in Burnaby was packed recently for a speech by Jagmeet Singh, the federal New Democratic Party leader.
Hundreds of people squeezed into the Sikh temple, in the heart of the ethnically super-diverse riding of Burnaby South, where Singh is fighting for the first time to win a seat as a federal MP.
At the gurdwara this week, Sikhs said they want Singh to win, hoping he’ll make moves to improve education and the job market. A variety of ethnic Chinese and Caucasians walking in the vicinity of the temple also said they intend to vote for Singh, with one man remarking he hoped it will “shake things up.”
Ethnicity has already been highlighted as a factor in the crucial Burnaby South byelection.