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After 10 months watching Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer trade barbs in the House of Commons from the outside, Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is finally running for a seat of his own. And the choice of riding is a little, well, bizarre. Singh announced at an event Wednesday that he would be running in a by-election for the soon-to-be-vacant MP seat in the Burnaby South riding. Yes, that’s in British Columbia.

For those unfamiliar with Singh’s history, the now-federal leader served for six years as an MPP in the Ontario Bramalea-Gore-Malton riding — an area that covers a portion of the Greater Toronto Area. When Singh ran for party leader in October 2017, he did not have a federal seat — not technically a requirement for running — and when he was elected, he said he wasn’t in a rush to run for one and would instead focus on leading the NDP to a 2019 victory. He also mused that he would probably run for MP before the federal election and that it would be in a riding with some significance to him, floating ridings in Windsor, Toronto and Brampton as options.

So why Burnaby South? With incumbent NDP MP, Kennedy Stewart, stepping down in September to run for Mayor of Vancouver, this BC riding is the first to become available since Singh was elected that the NDP has a shot at winning. Other ridings that have held byelections in the intervening months have gone pretty safely to the Liberals or Conservatives.

But as the CBC points out, the Burnaby South riding won’t be an easy win either. In the 2015 election that saw Justin Trudeau’s Liberals elected in a majority, the NDP just narrowly beat the Liberal candidate in the Burnaby area.

Singh has said that he and his wife would move to Burnaby — an area currently facing a housing crisis — if he were to win the riding. While it is not unprecedented for a party leader to run for an MP seat in a province they have never lived in — Brian Mulroney and Jean Chretien both did it — Singh is going to have to be particularly attentive to the community there to speak to their unique needs. So far, he is basing his platform on high housing costs and the fight for pharmacare.

While Singh is trying his best to seem totally in tune with the issues of Burnaby South, some of its residents aren’t really buying it. Critics are confused as to how someone who has lived in Ontario and Newfoundland can properly represent people on the other side of the country.

The date of the byelection has yet to be set and Singh has assured that if he loses the race he will still remain leader of the New Democrats.