Leftist New Democrat Party leader Jamit Singh abandoned sleeveless hooded dresses and turned to music as he re-created the viral dance trend in a recent TikTok video that reads: How Young Voters Will Write This Election.
However, political analysts are not convinced that TikToks – another social media platform where he has appeared – will convert Twitch streams into voices.
Singh continues to use social media as a campaign strategy, as he did in the 2019 election. The party has also pushed for issues such as income distribution and taxation of the super-rich, said Lars Osberg, professor of economics at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, recalling the 1972 Canadian election. It was then that David Lewis of the NDP was best known for his campaign slogan, “Get rid of company assets”.
But is that enough to get young voters, one of the most unreliable demographics, to vote and get them to vote for the NDP?
“Young people came back in 2015 because they really wanted to get rid of Stephen Harper,” Professor Osberg said, referring to the former conservative. (Erin O’Toole has now become a less polarizing figure and has switched parties to increase her appeal.)
But it was Justin Trudeau who won the 2015 youth election.
The new Democrats can do well in some areas with large indigenous peoples, whose votes are usually split between that party and Trudeau’s Liberal Party.
According to a list compiled by the House of Commons, the Liberal Party has the newest Indigenous candidate, but 28 of the 50 Indigenous candidates are running with the New Democrats.
In a campaign that eliminated most of the local population’s problems, Mr. Singh met with Mr. Trudeau, who fulfilled his promise to provide clean drinking water to all communities. And local voters could lose faith in the Liberals.
“Right now, a lot of people in the community seem to be saying no, this time we’re not with you,” said Cameron Holmstrom, an indigenous adviser who works with the new Democrats.
Ian Austin contributed to the coverage.