Jagmeet Singh to run for NDP in Tom Mulcair's riding?

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he's open to the idea of replacing his predecessor, Tom Mulcair, in his Outremont seat in an upcoming federal by-election.

Mulcair announced he would begin a teaching stint at the University of Montreal in the fall. He remains an MP, but could vacate the seat as early as June 9, when the spring session of Parliament ends.

A spokesperson for Singh says a run in Outremont is one of the "opportunities" being discussed at the moment — that Singh is weighing the pros and cons.

Singh did visit the riding last week, and was seen in photos on Twitter touring a matzoh bakery in the riding with Mulcair.

On a recent episode of CTV's Question Period, Mulcair advised Singh to get a seat in Parliament "as soon as possible, so Canadians can get to know him."

Singh spent six years in the Ontario legislature, and has no history in Quebec.

Mulcair won Outremont in a 2007 by-election after the resignation of Liberal Jean Lapierre, and has held it ever since.