Burnaby byelection candidates meeting descends into shouting matches (VIDEO)

Feb 20 2019, 9:41 pm

With less than a week to go until the federal byelection for Burnaby South, candidates from all the involved parties have been hitting the campaign trail hard, each with their own message and plan for the riding if elected.

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And on Tuesday night, they had a chance to present their case in front of a packed house, during a town hall-style meeting at the Ismaili Centre Burnaby – the final all-candidates event before the election on Monday.

The event was moderated by CBC’s Jason D’Souza, and featured five candidates, which included NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, People’s Party of Canada’s Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, Liberal Party candidate Richard Lee, Conservative Party candidate Jay Shin, and independent Terry Grimwood.

Emotions in the room seemed to be running high throughout the course of the event, and at one point members of the audience dissolved into an outright shouting match with each other and heckling of the candidates.

After numerous people had exchanged barbs, D’Souza managed to regain control of the crowd, imploring people to “have these conversations up here.”

All the candidates are running to fill the seat that was vacated by NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, who resigned his position to run for – and be elected as – Mayor of Vancouver last fall.

Burnaby-South voters head to the polls on Monday, February 25.