Singh lays out conditions for  NDP support in Parliament after Oct. 21 vote


Just hours before the last televised debate of the federal election campaign, Jagmeet Singh is setting the Thanksgiving table for Canadians, and he's trying to make his New Democrats the centrepiece.

Singh, buoyed by good reviews of his performance in Monday's English debate, headed into Thursday night's French clash by laying out the conditions it would take to earn the support of the NDP in a minority Parliament.

Not surprisingly, those conditions largely match his campaign menu, national pharmacare and dental care programs, more affordable housing, eliminating interest on federal student loans, a tax for the super-rich and action on climate change.

But on Thursday, Singh added a new item: changing the way the country votes.

Electoral reform is an especially sore spot for the Liberals, who promised that the 2015 election would be the last under the traditional first-past-the-post electoral system, only to scuttle the recommendations of the committee they put together to examine the issue.

Singh's NDP backs a system of mixed-member proportional representation, which advocates say better reflects the will of voters as expressed in the popular 

More details were expected at a news conference with NDP hopeful Emilie Taman and former MP Nathan Cullen later in the day on Parliament Hill.